I’m happy to finally introduce the third alpha release of carbonOS: 2022.2!

What is carbonOS?

carbonOS is an independent Linux distribution that focuses on UX and robust system design more than it does on compatibility with Linux tradition. It is an atomic distribution, which means that OS updates are always safe. The system’s layout ensures the integrity of system files. Unlike other atomic distros, carbonOS does not attempt to keep around traditional package management features: carbonOS is Flatpak-first for your apps and container-first for everything else.

carbonOS’s end goal is to be a distro that uses Linux’s unique capabilities to provide a secure, stable, and robust environment for users’ apps. I want it to be a general-purpose OS that the user doesn’t have to think about. Users should be able to game on it, work on it, program on it, and do whatever else they want without ever having to worry about the technical details of their operating system.

If you’d like a more detailed explanation of the project, including its development history, please see the original release announcement!

What’s New?

We’ve also got a few features that are still work-in-progress:

There’s also a significant known issue:

I’d like to thank Alex Fuller for their contributions to carbonOS this cycle!

What’s Next?

Loads more work needs to be done before carbonOS will be ready for everyday, production use. For the next few releases, I’m planning on focusing on these areas:

For more detail on these changes and to track progress, check out the milestone on GitLab!


If you’re interested in contributing, there are many different ways you can! If you’d like to test out carbonOS, you can download it here. If you’d like to contribute code or translation, check out the source code and join the development channel: #carbonOS on Matrix. Thank you!