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Solus

Last Update: 2018-11-16 02:52 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.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 8 (879), 6 months: 8 (808), 3 months: 8 (914), 4 weeks: 7 (988), 1 week: 7 (944)

Average visitor rating: 8.58/10 from 344 review(s).


Solus Summary
Distribution Solus
Home Page https://getsol.us/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://getsol.us/forums/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://getsol.us/help-center/home/
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Download Mirrors https://getsol.us/download/
Bug Tracker https://dev.getsol.us/maniphest/
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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:
 •2019-01-15 Solus roadmap for 2019
 •2018-11-02 Solus team regaining account access
 •2018-10-27 Solus founder out of contact
 •2018-09-21 Solus updates install media
 •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
 • More Solus headlines...

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  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.
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Feature 3.9999 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
Release Date 2018-09-20 2017-08-15 2017-04-18 2016-10-19
End Of Life        
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1100-1200 1100-1200    
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Budgie, GNOME, MATE Budgie, GNOME, MATE Budgie, GNOME, MATE Budgie, MATE
Package Management Flatpak, eopkg (pisi fork), Snap Flatpak, eopkg (pisi fork), Snap Flatpak, eopkg (pisi fork) eopkg (pisi fork)
Release Model Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice --
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems        
Multilingual        
Asian Language Support        
Full Package List 3.9999 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
Package 3.9999 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.8) 1.1.5 1.1.4.1 1.1.3 1.1.1
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- --
bash (5.0) 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.3
bind (9.13.6) -- -- -- --
chromium (72.0.3626.109) -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.10) 2.2.8 2.2.3 2.2.3 2.1.0
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.3.2 4.3.2 4.3.2
e2fsprogs (1.44.5) 1.44.4 1.43.4 1.43.4 1.42.13
firefox (65.0.1) 62.0 55.0.1 52.0.2 49.0.1
freetype (2.9.1) 2.8 2.8 2.7 2.6.1
gcc (8.2.0) -- -- -- --
gimp (2.10.8) -- -- -- --
glibc (2.29) 2.27 2.25 2.25 2.24
gnome-shell (3.30.2) 3.28.3 3.24.3 3.24.1 --
gnucash (3.4) -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.44) -- -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.00beta2
gtk+ (3.24.5) 3.22.30 3.22.18 3.22.12 3.18.9
httpd (2.4.38) -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.4) -- -- -- --
k3b (18.12.2) -- -- -- --
kmod (26) 25 24 17 17
krita (4.1.7) -- -- 3.1.0 --
libreoffice (6.2.0) 6.1.0 5.4.0 5.3.2 --
linux (4.20.10) 4.18.5 4.12.7 4.9.22 4.8.2
Package 3.9999 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.3.12) -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.4) 1.20.3 1.18.0 1.18.0 --
mesa (18.3.3) 18.1.6 17.1.6 17.0.4 12.1.0
mysql (8.0.15) -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.30.5) 3.26.4 3.24.2 3.24.0 3.20.3
NVIDIA (415.27) 390.87 384.59 375.39 370.28
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- --
openjdk (11.0.1) -- -- -- --
openssh (7.9p1) 7.7p1 7.5p1 7.5p1 7.3p1
openssl (1.1.1a) 1.0.2p 1.0.2l 1.0.2k 1.0.2j
perl (5.28.1) 5.26.2 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.22.1
php (7.3.2) -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.15.0) -- -- -- --
postfix (3.3.2) -- -- -- --
postgresql (11.2) 10.5 -- -- --
Python (3.7.2) 2.7.15 2.7.13 2.7.13 2.7.12
qt (5.12.1) 5.11.1 5.9.1 5.6.2 5.6.1
samba (4.9.4) 4.7.9 4.6.6 4.3.13 4.3.11
systemd (241) 239 218 218 218
thunderbird (60.5.1) 60.0 52.2.1 52.0.1 45.4.0
vim (8.1) -- -- -- --
vlc (3.0.6) 3.0.3 2.2.6 2.2.4 2.2.4
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.20.3) 1.19.6 1.18.4 1.18.4 1.18.4

Reader Ratings
Reader supplied reviews for Solus

Average rating
8.6
from 344 review(s)



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Version: 3.9999
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-02-14
Votes: 4


Not a single breakage since first installation (2017.01.01.0).

As comparison Manjaro - which is also a curated rolling release broke twice on the same machine (First install was 16.10. There was a breakage in April 2017, so I installed version 17.0 then another breakage last month and I installed 18.0.2).

So among both, Solus is clearly the winner although it has a much smaller repository (but tbqf, all I need is available).

I really recommend this distribution !


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Version: 3.9999
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-02-12
Votes: 4


This works with my computer even if it's a little old. My only criticism of this is the batch boot sequence, there should be a splash screen to hide that because many non tech savvy people are a little bit paranoid with batch file boot sequence.

Plus there are still redundant apps in the software center hope they'll be able to clean that up and just leave the latest and greatest apps. Because some apps are already abandonedware the developer don't really update it anymore.


Other than that every thing is smooth and slick hope it will be the new top 1 Linux distro!


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Version: 3.9999
Rating: 8
Date: 2019-02-11
Votes: 0


Solus is a great distro, but what concerns me the package manager. eopkg is simple for the beginner, but for us who want a lot from it, like pacman or apt, it just doesn't provide. Otherwise, great distro.


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