SharkLinux – Virtualization and cloud compatible Linux distro

SharkLinux is an Ubuntu-based distribution featuring the MATE desktop and is best aimed for sysadmin testing, developers, and virtualization hobbyists.

Today, we are going to take a look at a specialized Linux distro, SharkLinux. It is a cloud compatible and virtualization Linux distro that you can use in the cloud.

SharkLinux is an Ubuntu-based distribution featuring the MATE desktop and is best aimed for sysadmin testing, developers, and virtualization hobbyists. It follows a rolling release model for updates.

SharkLinux Desktop
SharkLinux Desktop

The distribution also allows sudo access by default without requiring a password. This is done for user convenience. By default, SharkLinux features the Ubuntu Hardware Enablement (HWE) kernel, which includes numerous containers and virtual machines, making it ideal for professionals and hobbyists.

The mission of SharkLinux, as told by Marcus Petit, Developer and Founder of SharkLinux.

“SharkLinux aims to provide a Linux computing environment focusing on virtual environments that is usable ‘out-of-the-box’ . SharkLinux will also continue to ensure that it remains fully functional when deployed within a cloud environment.”


Installing SharkLinux is similar to installing any other Linux distro. You can create a live USB drive from its ISO and install it. As it is a cloud-ready Linux distro, you can install it on your cloud server. However, before you do, it is always better to try it out by installing it in your virtual machine. You can download the image from either of the two sources below.

Download SharkLinux

Rolling Release Updates

SharkLinux needs to be installed once, and it updates forever as it follows the rolling release model. There are no version releases, but rather you can download snapshots, which are like OS restore points the developers package it for you for immediate deployment. More details about the traditional release vs. rolling release model here.

SharkLinux Features

SharkLinux is loaded with a lot of features that make it quite different from other distros out there. Here are the most highlighted features:

1. Sudo relaxed application

Unlike most Linux distros that come with sudo enabled, you need to type your root password to access “sudo” for the first time. In the case of SharkLinux, there is no sudo password requirement. The only time a user needs to input the password during the login.

The relaxed sudo application also means that administrators can enable it for some users if they need to.

2. Flexible software

SharkLinux is flexible on software as well. For example, it doesn’t follow the strict guidelines for meeting open-source software criteria. That means the distribution can also include solutions and software which are not always available in other distros. To do this, SharkLinux has its exclusive repo software, which includes software like MEGASync and Google Chrome.

SharkLinux Mate Desktop
SharkLinux Mate Desktop

3. Additional commands

SharkLinux also comes with additional commands that are designed to simplify the user’s usage of commands. Other commands try to combine existing commands into a single command or action by shortening them. This goes a long way with the relaxed sudo policy.

Some of the simplified commands include apt-based commands including purge, search, remove, and so on. These commands can be executed with single word arguments.

Shark Linux Terminal
Shark Linux Terminal

Another great example is the upgrade command. If you use it in SharkLinux, it will execute commands to update the packages as well as the apt-cache. Here are a few examples:

To update Ubuntu, we all know the commands to follow:

sudo apt update && sudo apt -yes upgrade

In Sharklinux, all you need to type is:


Let’s see another example below.

In Ubuntu:

sudo apt -yes install

In SharkLinux:


At the time of writing this article, SharkLinux offers more than 150+ unique commands.

4. Documentation

SharkLinux is a considerably a new Linux distro. This means that it lacks good documentation now. Also, on the official site, they have mentioned that the team didn’t spend their energy on documentation in the early stages. The lack of documentation makes it hard for developers to fully utilize the power of SharkLinux and its unique terminal commands. Head over to the official page to see the documentation they have to date.

5. Virtualization

One of the core features of SharkLinux is its virtualization. It offers multiple options, including:

  • KVM for Linux based VMs’
  • QEMU
  • Docker Engine
  • LXC/LXD containers
  • Libvirt

SharkLinux also provides the ability to create your VM using vmdebootstrap.

6. Customization and Linuxbrew

The OS is highly customizable and gives you the ability to manage your desktop the way you like. You can install any software of your choice, including LibreOffice, VLC, and so on.

It also supports Linuxbrew enabling you to run your MAC based applications without leaving the OS.


SharkLinux comes with a lot of features. Its virtualization focused approach enables it to offer something unique to the community. What do you feel about the distro? Did you try it out? Let the community know your review in the comments below.

Divya Kiran Kumar
I'm the Editor of FOSS Linux. I worked as a Software Engineer before taking up blogging as my full-time job. I enjoy using Linux, and can't imagine anything else for my PC. Apart from writing for FOSS Linux, I enjoy reading non-fictional books. Sapiens was my favorite last read. I hope you enjoy reading and using this blog to enhance your Linux experience! Have a great day ahead!


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