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Last updated: April 28, 2024 at 6:00 PM (PST)

Frequently Asked Questions

Why would I use Oreon instead of Fedora or AlmaLinux?

Oreon is made for people who want a more user friendly and better out of the box operating system experience. Oreon comes with multiple useful repositories built-in such as Docker, which Fedora and AlmaLinux don’t have. Oreon ships with GNOME and some extensions pre-packaged to make the user interface more friendly. Oreon Lime (R2) is supported until 2032, making the need to upgrade versions less of a worry.

Where are the repositories and source code?

All our source code is listed below.
The base files are not hosted here. We get our base files directly from AlmaLinux official repositories.

What themes do we use?

We use a theme called Tela for our icons and Adwaita for our shell and window themes.

What to expect

Quick installation

Oreon's Anaconda installer walks you through all the steps to make your installation be exactly how you want it. You can add users, specify your timezone, select a preferred language, and more.

Beautiful user interface

Oreon comes with the GNOME desktop environment. However, it is not what you would expect from default GNOME. It has a simpler layout, bringing everything you need all at the bottom. You will also have a handy applications menu with multiple different layouts.

You only get what you need

Oreon ships with multiple repositories including Docker, Flathub, and EPEL. We do always plan to add more as time goes on. One thing that is certain, is you will not have large packages that you may not want. Flathub and EPEL have to be manually enabled and Docker has to be manually installed. This is done to reduce any unwanted bloat.

Long term support

Oreon promises an eight-year support lifecycle for the current version, lasting until 2032. This is done by directly fetching updates from the official AlmaLinux repositories. Oreon is based on AlmaLinux, which follows a long-term support lifecycle.

Upcoming events

  • July 2024 – KDE Plasma 6, major package version upgrades, and more coming to Oreon Lime (R2)
  • August 2024 – Oreon Server editions releasing
  • September 2024 – Oreon Lime (R2) September Mainstream Update
  • March 2025 – Oreon Lime (R1/R1.1) end of support, ESP enrollment, and Oreon yearly product announcement event
  • April-May 2025 – Oreon future release development period
  • June 2025 – New major Oreon Operating System release

Still not sure?

You can hear experiences from our content creators and get a basic idea about the overall experience of Oreon. We listen to our community, so if we hear something needs to change, we are on it.

Using Oreon as a server

For this, you would need to use Samba and Cockpit to host a simple server on Oreon. You can install it through Terminal. Later on, we will be releasing individual server editions to make things easier.

Our story

The Oreon Project was started in October 2022 by Brandon Lester. The project started as a distribution planned to be based on Ubuntu. Plans later changed, as Oreon Lime R1 shipped with Fedora Linux as the base. Shortly after, the base was changed again. Oreon is focused on long lifecycles, strong security, and minimalism. Oreon Lime R2 was released on February 18, 2024, promising 8 years of support lasting until 2032.

How you can contribute

To help grow the Oreon Project, always make sure to follow our social media accounts and join our Discord server. Spread the word with others and be sure to give Oreon a try on your machine. All our social media platforms are linked on the footer on the very bottom of this website. You can also choose to donate.

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