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DistroWatch.com: Solus

Solus

Last Update: 2017-08-26 01:22 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 (967), 6 months: 6 (1,108), 3 months: 5 (1,348), 4 weeks: 3 (1,592), 1 week: 3 (1,523)

Average visitor rating: 8.92/10 from 178 review(s).


Solus Summary
Distribution Solus
Home Page https://solus-project.com/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://solus-project.com/forums/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation https://solus-project.com/help-center/home/https://wiki.solus-project.com/
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Screencasts
Download Mirrors https://solus-project.com/download/LinuxTracker.org
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:
 •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
 •2017-03-06 Solus rolling out improvements
 •2017-01-25 Budgie desktop to use Qt
 •2017-01-19 Solus adopts Flatpak
 •2016-12-13 Solus and Ubuntu MATE create Brisk Menu
 • 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 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 (1.1.5) 1.1.4.1 1.1.3 1.1.1
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- --
bash (4.4.12) 4.3 4.3 4.3
bind (9.11.2) -- -- --
chromium (63.0.3239.84) -- -- --
cups (2.2.6) 2.2.3 2.2.3 2.1.0
dhcp (4.3.6) 4.3.2 4.3.2 4.3.2
e2fsprogs (1.43.7) 1.43.4 1.43.4 1.42.13
firefox (57.0.2) 55.0.1 52.0.2 49.0.1
freetype (2.8.1) 2.8 2.7 2.6.1
gcc (7.2.0) -- -- --
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- --
glibc (2.26) 2.25 2.25 2.24
gnome-shell (3.26.2) 3.24.3 3.24.1 --
gnucash (2.6.18-1) -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.37) -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.00beta2
gtk+ (3.22.26) 3.22.18 3.22.12 3.18.9
httpd (2.4.29) -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.2) -- -- --
k3b (17.08.3) -- -- --
kmod (24) 24 17 17
libgnome (2.32.1) -- --
libreoffice (5.4.3) 5.4.0 5.3.2 --
linux (4.14.6) 4.12.7 4.9.22 4.8.2
Package 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- --
mariadb (10.2.11) -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.18.0 1.18.0 --
mesa (17.3.0) 17.1.6 17.0.4 12.1.0
mysql (5.7.20) -- -- --
nautilus (3.26.2) 3.24.2 3.24.0 3.20.3
NVIDIA (387.22) 384.59 375.39 370.28
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- --
openjdk (8u151) -- -- --
openssh (7.6p1) 7.5p1 7.5p1 7.3p1
openssl (1.1.0g) 1.0.2l 1.0.2k 1.0.2j
perl (5.26.1) 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.22.1
php (7.2.0) -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.11.4) -- -- --
postfix (3.2.4) -- -- --
postgresql (10.1) -- -- --
Python (3.6.3) 2.7.13 2.7.13 2.7.12
qt (5.10.0) 5.9.1 5.6.2 5.6.1
samba (4.7.3) 4.6.6 4.3.13 4.3.11
systemd (235) 218 218 218
thunderbird (52.5.0) 52.2.1 52.0.1 45.4.0
vim (8.0) -- -- --
vlc (2.2.8) 2.2.6 2.2.4 2.2.4
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- --
xorg-server (1.19.5) 1.18.4 1.18.4 1.18.4

Reader Ratings
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Average rating
8.9
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Version: 3
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-12-13
Votes: 1


I've tried every other mainstream distribution and dozens upon dozens of niche ones in the last ~10 years and this is the first time after Xubuntu 12.04 that I really feel comfortable with my OS.

It's amazing to see how Ikey (and others) achieved the impossible: They reinvented the wheel with this project and it just works fine.

Very smooth UI, very good package manager and software center, very exciting new ideas like the Raven sidebar and many other small details.

I use my machine for music production (with FL Studio 12 via WINE), writing, editing, developing, and all of my entertainment needs.

With Solus I've been able to use my 10 year old printer again, without any hacks und without hickups so far.

I'm using Budgie and I haven't really missed anything yet. Looking forward to many more Raven applets btw! Like an integrated calendar (usable) and calendar notifications.

PS: I'm using a 6th gen "Skylake" G4400 with Intel HD 510. A standard office PC (desktop) configuration. Everything works out of the box.

PPS: I love the integration of Night Light (like Flux or redshift but comfortable). I'm wondering how the !&@# this feature is not a standard in all the other big distros...


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Version: 3
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-12-12
Votes: 1


Reminds me of the early Debian builds, when it worked and it was fast! Had trouble with wine and no compiz effects, but its my new distro. This could be the start of something special!


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Version: 3
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-12-12
Votes: 0


Excellent speed, usability, and interface. This is quickly becoming my daily user over Mint and Neon.


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