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Solus

Last Update: 2018-03-24 02:03 UTC


Solus is a Linux distribution built from scratch. It uses a forked version of the PiSi package manager, maintained as "eopkg" within Solus, and a custom desktop environment called "Budgie", developed in-house. The Budgie desktop, which can be set to emulate the look and feel of the GNOME 2 desktop, is tightly integrated with the GNOME stack. The distribution is available for 64-bit computers only.

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Average visitor rating: 8.65/10 from 280 review(s).


Solus Summary
Distribution Solus
Home Page https://solus-project.com/
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User Forums https://solus-project.com/forums/
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Documentation https://solus-project.com/help-center/home/https://wiki.solus-project.com/
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Download Mirrors https://solus-project.com/download/
Bug Tracker https://dev.solus-project.com/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-08-15: Distribution Release: Solus 3
 • 2017-04-18: Distribution Release: Solus 2017.04.18.0
 • 2017-01-02: Distribution Release: Solus 2017.01.01.0
 • 2016-10-19: Distribution Release: Solus 1.2.1
 • 2016-09-07: Distribution Release: Solus 1.2.0.5
 • 2016-06-20: Distribution Release: Solus 1.2
 • 2016-03-02: Distribution Release: Solus 1.1
 • 2015-12-27: Distribution Release: Solus 1.0
 • 2015-10-30: Development Release: Solus 1.0 RC1
 • 2015-05-17: Development Release: Solus 1.0 Beta 2
 • 2015-03-16: Development Release: Evolve OS Beta 1.1
 • 2015-01-26: Development Release: Evolve OS Beta 1
 • More Solus releases...

  Headlines:
 •2018-06-27 Solus polishes desktop tools
 •2018-05-23 Budgie returns to Solus
 •2018-03-09 Solus redesigns Software Centre
 •2018-02-15 Solus to offer optional Wayland session
 •2017-11-01 Wayland and snapd coming to Solus 4
 •2017-10-16 Solus upgrades key packages
 •2017-08-14 Solus supports Snap packages
 •2017-06-13 Ikey Doherty to work on Solus full-time
 •2017-05-23 Solus packaging KDE
 •2017-05-11 Solus improves Bluetooth support
 • More Solus headlines...

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Feature 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
Release Date 2017-08-15 2017-04-18 2016-10-19
End Of Life      
Price (US$) Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1145-1181    
Free Download ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Budgie, GNOME, MATE Budgie, GNOME, MATE Budgie, MATE
Package Management Flatpak, eopkg (pisi fork), Snap Flatpak, eopkg (pisi fork) eopkg (pisi fork)
Release Model Rolling Rolling Rolling
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice --
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems      
Multilingual      
Asian Language Support      
Full Package List 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
Package 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.6) 1.1.4.1 1.1.3 1.1.1
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- --
bash (4.4.18) 4.3 4.3 4.3
bind (9.13.2) -- -- --
chromium (67.0.3396.99) -- -- --
cups (2.2.8) 2.2.3 2.2.3 2.1.0
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.2 4.3.2 4.3.2
e2fsprogs (1.44.3) 1.43.4 1.43.4 1.42.13
firefox (61.0.1) 55.0.1 52.0.2 49.0.1
freetype (2.9.1) 2.8 2.7 2.6.1
gcc (8.1.0) -- -- --
gimp (2.10.4) -- -- --
glibc (2.27) 2.25 2.25 2.24
gnome-shell (3.28.3) 3.24.3 3.24.1 --
gnucash (3.2) -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.41) -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.00beta2
gtk+ (3.22.30) 3.22.18 3.22.12 3.18.9
httpd (2.4.34) -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.3) -- -- --
k3b (18.04.3) -- -- --
kmod (25) 24 17 17
krita (4.1.1)      
libreoffice (6.0.5) 5.4.0 5.3.2 --
linux (4.17.8) 4.12.7 4.9.22 4.8.2
Package 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- -- --
mariadb (10.3.8) -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.3) 1.18.0 1.18.0 --
mesa (18.1.4) 17.1.6 17.0.4 12.1.0
mysql (8.0.11) -- -- --
nautilus (3.28.1) 3.24.2 3.24.0 3.20.3
NVIDIA (396.24) 384.59 375.39 370.28
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- --
openjdk (10.0.1) -- -- --
openssh (7.7p1) 7.5p1 7.5p1 7.3p1
openssl (1.1.0h) 1.0.2l 1.0.2k 1.0.2j
perl (5.28.0) 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.22.1
php (7.2.8) -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.13.3) -- -- --
postfix (3.3.1) -- -- --
postgresql (10.4) -- -- --
Python (3.7.0) 2.7.13 2.7.13 2.7.12
qt (5.11.1) 5.9.1 5.6.2 5.6.1
samba (4.8.3) 4.6.6 4.3.13 4.3.11
systemd (239) 218 218 218
thunderbird (52.9.1) 52.2.1 52.0.1 45.4.0
vim (8.1) -- -- --
vlc (3.0.3) 2.2.6 2.2.4 2.2.4
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- --
xorg-server (1.20.0) 1.18.4 1.18.4 1.18.4

Reader Ratings
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Average rating
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Version: 3
Rating: 3
Date: 2018-07-14
Votes: 1


Tried to install it but unfortunately I couldn't.

Cons I found during my attemps to install:

- No way to create your own partitions using their own installer as most distros do. You need third-party software or the terminal to make it. Not good for newbies.
- No way to flag a partition as EFI - even using a third-party software, it doesn't detect or flag EFI partitions to install grub.
- No way to edit your partitions manually using UEFI system.
- Cannot use XFS

I hope it changes when version 4 is released. I'll try again in the future.


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Version: 3
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-07-12
Votes: 5


I'm coming from Ubuntu and CentoOS background and am currently testing Solus to be my main OS. So far during the past few days that I'm using it on and off, I have realized that Budgie is very very straight forward and the search really can take me down to the settings section that I'm after. in Ubuntu Unity and Gnome (16.04 and 17.10) we are not this close. The installation process looked a bit classic but the design was good and there were no hiccups along the installation way. I should mention that I'm using Solus on a VirtualBox in my Ubuntu 16.04 with 4GB ram and 32GB flexible HDD and 1 core CPU.

During the first day I had some trouble with the resolution since it was not recognizing the VirtualBox monitor and I had a very small screen (1024x768), but by closing the VirtualBox and opening it again and booting the vitualmachine, it was solved and now I am working with proper resolution.

The most surprising this was that the Software Center of Solus has Vivaldi browser and I didn't need to fiddle around with the .deb file and manually extracting files and folders from it. I also found the latest version of Rstudio in the Software center and am very very happy.

So far it has been such a smooth and easy experience. The only time I feel weird is when I open terminal and accidentally and unconsciously try to install something through `apt` instead of `eopkg` (I'm hoping that they bring the `sol` in since memorizing the `eopkg` is not as easy).

I heavily suggest people to install it on a fair VirtualBox (with enough RAM ,CPU and HDD) and try it them selves and see how easy it is to use Solus (read Budgie) is compared to the Gnome3 and even Unity.


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Version: 3
Rating: 8
Date: 2018-06-30
Votes: 18


Solus is a rolling linux distro that Just Works. Whether installing as a dual-boot on an iMac 2011 or as a sole OS on a AMD FX-based cpu system, the install is easy (used the Budgie Desktop for both) and it runs as trouble-free as most macOS users are accustomed to.

Pro:
- easiest to install of all linux distros tried (Ubuntu, openSUSE Tumbleweed, Mint, Fedora)
- trouble-free daily use; the system will notify when updates are needed (nearly the same way macOS notifies its users)
- standard applications available: Firefox/Thunderbird, LibreOffice, Steam, normal system utilities, more common media creation applications
- no having to upend workflow to deal with a periodic complete system upgrade

Con:
- software repository (app store) not as fully stocked as other distros but what is there is quality product
- linux power users may have some trouble with "server" type applications as this distro is focussed heavily for desktop use

Overall I'm pleased with having given this a try and it's become my go-to distro for converting any computer into a desktop linux machine.


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