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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.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 6 (1,110), 6 months: 5 (1,307), 3 months: 6 (1,297), 4 weeks: 6 (1,157), 1 week: 7 (1,088)

Average visitor rating: 8.68/10 from 255 review(s).


Solus Summary
Distribution Solus
Home Page https://solus-project.com/
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User Forums https://solus-project.com/forums/
Alternative User Forums
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:
 •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
 •2017-03-06 Solus rolling out improvements
 •2017-01-25 Budgie desktop to use Qt
 • 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 (9.12.1) -- -- --
chromium (66.0.3359.117) -- -- --
cups (2.2.7) 2.2.3 2.2.3 2.1.0
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.2 4.3.2 4.3.2
e2fsprogs (1.44.1) 1.43.4 1.43.4 1.42.13
firefox (59.0.2) 55.0.1 52.0.2 49.0.1
freetype (2.9) 2.8 2.7 2.6.1
gcc (7.3.0) -- -- --
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- --
glibc (2.27) 2.25 2.25 2.24
gnome-shell (3.28.0) 3.24.3 3.24.1 --
gnucash (3.0) -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.39) -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.00beta2
gtk+ (3.22.30) 3.22.18 3.22.12 3.18.9
httpd (2.4.33) -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.3) -- -- --
k3b (18.04.0) -- -- --
kmod (25) 24 17 17
krita (4.0.1)      
libreoffice (6.0.3) 5.4.0 5.3.2 --
linux (4.16.3) 4.12.7 4.9.22 4.8.2
Package 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- -- --
mariadb (10.2.14) -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.1) 1.18.0 1.18.0 --
mesa (18.0.1) 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 (390.48) 384.59 375.39 370.28
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- --
openjdk (9.0.4) -- -- --
openssh (7.7p1) 7.5p1 7.5p1 7.3p1
openssl (1.1.0h) 1.0.2l 1.0.2k 1.0.2j
perl (5.26.2) 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.22.1
php (7.2.4) -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.12.4) -- -- --
postfix (3.3.0) -- -- --
postgresql (10.3) -- -- --
Python (3.6.5) 2.7.13 2.7.13 2.7.12
qt (5.10.1) 5.9.1 5.6.2 5.6.1
samba (4.8.0) 4.6.6 4.3.13 4.3.11
systemd (238) 218 218 218
thunderbird (52.7.0) 52.2.1 52.0.1 45.4.0
vim (8.0) -- -- --
vlc (3.0.1) 2.2.6 2.2.4 2.2.4
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- --
xorg-server (1.19.6) 1.18.4 1.18.4 1.18.4

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Version: 3
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-04-21
Votes: 0


Better than ever! Install is easy. Fast to boot, fast to shutdown.

Main gripes revolve around the software center. The update download speed feels slow, the update page gives no information on the status of the downloads/install. And I think closing the software center window cancels update/installs, it shouldn't be that easy to kill stuff I want to keep running; maybe should continue in background or have a pop-up asking are you sure you want to close while downloads are running. I can't select third party downloads to install while something else is downloading.

Otherwise Budgie is great. Everything is super stable, polished, great defaults and smooth out of the box experience.


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Version: 3
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-04-21
Votes: 0


Simple et efficace... Plus rapide et plus stable que Ubuntu mate ou mint mate


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Version: 3
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-04-19
Votes: 2


Great looking distro with a minimal, sleek look. Changing over to the dark theme works a treat and unlike many distros all programs looks fine using this theme.

It feels fast, light and so far very stable, although lacking applications you can find all the popular apps with solus and the option for snaps seems like a way forward, it doesn't feel like "dependency hell" like you may find with others as everything is packaged nicely.

Overall it seems like a very well thought out distro with much thought to care and attention that has won me over.


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