Compile Fast Code, Fast


Always moving with the latest compiler (llvm, currently GCC 9), optimized for Intel Architecture, giving access to the latest features.

Constantly applying compiler flags to optimize builds.

Multi-build approach to allow for all CPU optimizations, including AVX512.

No Optimizations Left on the Table


Fully validated and carefully tested distro that moves in lock-step with the upstream. 

Includes Intel HW enabling commits for the best on IA performance.

Kernel-driven performance.

Latest libraries with optimizations for best-in-class runtimes.


Streamlined Development Tools and Workflows


Powerful repair systems for development makes getting back to a known good state effortless for developers. Eg. Stateless, swupd verify--fix.

Efficient debug system (FUSE) dynamically pulls debug info throughout a debug session, allowing developers to save context switching while debugging.

Curated Content for
Development Efficiency


Multiple desktop options with GNOME as default to allow for the ability to combine (as much or as little) different desktop tools as desired.

Leverage open source, cross-platform technologies that are well known in the Linux community to maintain familiarity.

Provide content curated for developer use cases. Eg: `c-basic` for developing in C, `containers-basic` for container.




Clear Linux* OS is different from other Linux distributions.

Updates, ease of use, and custom derivatives are a few of the differences this section explains. Orient yourself to these differences and why they matter to you.

Get Started

If you are new to Clear Linux OS, get started quickly with step-by-step instructions for installing Clear Linux OS on bare metal, in a virtual environment, or as a live image on a USB stick.


Custom OS

Training materials are available to help you create a customized OS that is based on Clear Linux OS.

The training content is self-contained and hosted on GitHub. 



Contribute and Collaborate

The Clear Linux* OS community is made up of a mixture of professionals and volunteers from all over the world. We strongly believe diversity is our strength and want to promote an inclusive and safe environment. To that end, the community follows a a few ground rules. Before contributing, please review and abide by the Code of Conduct.


Get Community Support

The Clear Linux Forum is the public forum is for all our users and developers to connect, ask questions, find solutions, and get support on their projects. 


How to Contribute

As an open source project, we’re always looking for ways to improve the project. Contribute and help us make the Clear Linux OS a better OS for you! 


Collaborate on Documentation

As an open source project, we’re always looking for ways to improve the project. Contribute and help us make the Clear Linux OS a better OS for you! 


Report a Bug

Clear Linux OS welcomes all contributors to improve the project. Our preferred avenue to report bugs is through out GitHub Issues page. Click below for our simple template to report a bug.


Get All the Applications and Tools to Develop on Clear Linux OS


Run container applications from Dockerhub.


Run a cloud orchestration server.


Run R language programs for statistical computing and data analysis.