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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: 7 (975), 6 months: 9 (687), 3 months: 9 (703), 4 weeks: 9 (858), 1 week: 11 (815)

Average visitor rating: 8.57/10 from 321 review(s).


Solus Summary
Distribution Solus
Home Page https://getsol.us/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://getsol.us/forums/
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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:
 •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
 •2017-08-14 Solus supports Snap 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 (1.1.7) 1.1.5 1.1.4.1 1.1.3 1.1.1
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- --
bash (4.4.18) 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.3
bind (9.13.3) -- -- -- --
chromium (70.0.3538.102) -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.9) 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 (1.44.4) 1.44.4 1.43.4 1.43.4 1.42.13
firefox (63.0.3) 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 (2.28) 2.27 2.25 2.25 2.24
gnome-shell (3.30.2) 3.28.3 3.24.3 3.24.1 --
gnucash (3.3) -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.43) -- -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.00beta2
gtk+ (3.24.1) 3.22.30 3.22.18 3.22.12 3.18.9
httpd (2.4.37) -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.3) -- -- -- --
k3b (18.08.3) -- -- -- --
kmod (25) 25 24 17 17
krita (4.1.5) -- -- 3.1.0 --
libreoffice (6.1.3) 6.1.0 5.4.0 5.3.2 --
linux (4.19.2) 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 (10.3.10) -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.3) 1.20.3 1.18.0 1.18.0 --
mesa (18.2.5) 18.1.6 17.1.6 17.0.4 12.1.0
mysql (8.0.13) -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.30.3) 3.26.4 3.24.2 3.24.0 3.20.3
NVIDIA (410.78) 390.87 384.59 375.39 370.28
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- --
openjdk (10.0.2) -- -- -- --
openssh (7.9p1) 7.7p1 7.5p1 7.5p1 7.3p1
openssl (1.1.1) 1.0.2p 1.0.2l 1.0.2k 1.0.2j
perl (5.28.0) 5.26.2 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.22.1
php (7.2.12) -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.14.3) -- -- -- --
postfix (3.3.1) -- -- -- --
postgresql (11.1) 10.5 -- -- --
Python (3.7.1) 2.7.15 2.7.13 2.7.13 2.7.12
qt (5.11.2) 5.11.1 5.9.1 5.6.2 5.6.1
samba (4.9.2) 4.7.9 4.6.6 4.3.13 4.3.11
systemd (239) 239 218 218 218
thunderbird (60.3.1) 60.0 52.2.1 52.0.1 45.4.0
vim (8.1) -- -- -- --
vlc (3.0.4) 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
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Average rating
8.6
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Version: 3.9999
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-11-17
Votes: 0


Team is back updating and bug fixing and the OS feels better than ever.


Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 3
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-11-13
Votes: 11


I have been a Linux user since switching to Ubuntu in 2006. Since then I have used many different distros. But, over time, many of the Ubuntu based distros are getting more and more unstable. And I couldn't get any of them to work well at all, on my Mother-in-Law's Old Toshiba Laptop. None of them would shut down correctly, etc. So, I had been watching the progress of the Solus project for some time. But, the lack of software in their repository kept me from making the plunge. However, I looked again, and realized that the repository had grown very quickly. So, I installed Solus Mate 3.999 on my Mother-in-Law's Toshiba, and it worked like magic. The computer even restarted properly. Which had not worked well for years, on other distros. It is clean, efficient, and responsive. Since it it is a fresh start from a Linux base, without all the baggage and bulk up that many other distros have to carry. Plus, I like that there is a single repository, that is well curated and secured. I can see myself migrating my other computers over to it in the future. Congrats to the Solus team, and only good wishes for the future. Will look forward to when you open back up to financial donations, so we can help support this great project. Keep up the good work:)


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Version: 3
Rating: 6
Date: 2018-11-12
Votes: 0


nice OS ilove it working smothly in vectorgraphic ...... but still bugs need to be slove .....now my solus 3.999 stop working & my work too .... hope you slove this bug ..... thanks.



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