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Solus


Last Update: 2024-02-02 02:44 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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Distribution Solus
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2024-01-09: Distribution Release: Solus 4.5
 • 2023-07-08: Distribution Release: Solus 4.4
 • 2021-07-11: Distribution Release: Solus 4.3
 • 2021-02-03: Distribution Release: Solus 4.2
 • 2020-01-25: Distribution Release: Solus 4.1
 • 2019-03-18: Distribution Release: Solus 4.0
 • 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
 • More Solus releases...

  Headlines:
 • 2023-04-18 Solus team planning a come-back
 • 2023-02-13 Solus project status updates
 • 2021-09-14 Solus to replace GTK in Budgie desktop
 • 2019-10-03 Solus updates supported desktops
 • 2019-03-21 Budgie 10.5 shipped with Solus 4.0
 • 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
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Feature 4.5 4.4 4.3 4.1 4.0 3.9999 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1 Feature
Release Date 2024-01-09 2023-07-08 2021-07-11 2020-01-25 2019-03-17 2018-09-20 2017-08-15 2017-04-18 2016-10-19 Release Date
End Of Life                   End Of Life
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Package Management Flatpak, eopkg (pisi fork), Snap Flatpak, eopkg (pisi fork), Snap Flatpak, eopkg (pisi fork), Snap Flatpak, eopkg (pisi fork), Snap Flatpak, eopkg (pisi fork), Snap Flatpak, eopkg (pisi fork), Snap Flatpak, eopkg (pisi fork), Snap Flatpak, eopkg (pisi fork) eopkg (pisi fork) Package Management
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amdgpu (23.0.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- amdgpu (23.0.0)
bash (5.2.21) 5.1 5.1.16 5.1 5.0 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.3 bash (5.2.21)
bind (9.18.27) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.18.27)
chromium (126.0.6478.126) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (126.0.6478.126)
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e2fsprogs (1.47.1) 1.47.0 1.47.0 1.45.6 1.44.6 1.44.6 1.44.4 1.43.4 1.43.4 1.42.13 e2fsprogs (1.47.1)
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gcc (14.1.0) 13.2.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gcc (14.1.0)
gimp (2.10.38) 2.10.36 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gimp (2.10.38)
glibc (2.39) 2.38 2.36 2.33 2.29 2.29 2.27 2.25 2.25 2.24 glibc (2.39)
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gnucash (5.8) 5.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (5.8)
gnumeric (1.12.57) 1.12.55 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.57)
grub (2.12) 2.04 2.04 2.04 2.04 2.02 2.02 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.00beta2 grub (2.12)
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httpd (2.4.61) 2.4.58 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.61)
inkscape (1.3.2) 1.3.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (1.3.2)
k3b (24.05.2) 23.08.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (24.05.2)
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plasma-desktop (6.1.2) 5.27.10 5.27.5 5.22.2 5.17.5 -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (6.1.2)
postfix (3.9.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.9.0)
postgresql (16.3) 16.1 -- -- -- -- 10.5 -- -- -- postgresql (16.3)
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vim (9.1) 9.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vim (9.1)
vlc (3.0.21) 3.0.20 3.0.18 3.0.16 3.0.8 3.0.6 3.0.3 2.2.6 2.2.4 2.2.4 vlc (3.0.21)
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Version: 4.5
Rating: 9
Date: 2024-07-09
Votes: 5


I've been using Solus for years now. I moved from Windows to Linux permanently in 2015, and never looked back. I started out with Linux Mint at first, then after year or two I switched to Manjaro Linux, intrigued by its rolling model. With Manjaro, I thought initially that I had found the distro for life. It was a breeze to install, but I just couldn't rely on it like I needed. So, after two or three years, I had to let Manjaro go. Then came Solus.

Solus unfortunately didn't have quite as much software as I would like, but that never became a true problem, as I've managed to get by without really being critically shorthanded in this department - although there's software available in other distros that would be great to have in Solus as well. But aside from that, Solus has been very solid. Even though it's a rolling distro, Solus has only once broken for me in all these years, and that happened during certain transitional period of Solus. Sometimes there may be some little problem(s) with some program, but it usually gets fixed in the following update or so, and all in all, those bugs have rarely affected me in such a way that I couldn't use the said program until fix has arrived. But on rare instances, some critical component has failed for a while. Budgie has turned out to be great replacement for KDE, as it offers enough customization without being too complex to tinker or use. When I used KDE in other distros, I was happy with the freedom to customize it, but in practice it didn't work as well as it should've worked, or was too much of a hassle, taking too much time to set up the way I liked, or offering more freedom than was actually required and therefore demanded more annoying tinkering. Budgie offered freedom too, but streamlined it smartly, striking a good balance between freedom and set choices. Over the years Budgie has seen some changes, and currently not everything with it works as well with me as it used to. But it's not broken, there's just something that doesn't quite work anymore: Yakuake doesn't start closed, or accept keyboard shortcut combinations, mouse software also doesn't open minimized etc. Those are not big problems, but they used to work flawlessly and now even tinkering with options doesn't fix it. But with Solus things get fixed at some point, I've learned that. Because Solus is a rolling distro, sometimes things change after updates, requiring some additional user input like setting options again in some specific program. It's not too common and rarely breaks anything, but once in a while it's good to check the forum to see notes and experiences regarding updates. And if some program isn't used enough or package maintainer drops out without anyone continuing the work, then that program gets dropped from Solus. It has happened, but isn't much of a threat for important programs and hasn't been as much of a problem with me as it was with AUR in Manjaro. Having said this, if there's some program that user really likes or requires, it's good idea to offer to maintain it yourself. Solus isn't a distro with huge staff, so user participation is recommended. Solus also accepts donations, and I highly recommended chipping in. It can also be done anonymously.

Solus works really well, and is solid and reliable in that sense. It's the best distro I've used from technical standpoint when everyday workstation reliability matters and yet you want the software to have new versions without being bleeding edge and suffering from the instability that comes with having the latest experimental stuff. Solus isn't as rock solid as something like Debian, but Debian's software is generally much older than in Solus. To this day, I haven't found a better Linux distro for me, and I'm sure there are many others who feel the same way.


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Version: 4.5
Rating: 10
Date: 2024-06-20
Votes: 21


I started to learn Linux in 2011 and did a lot of distro-hoping. And in my personal opinion, for a personal desktop computer... Solus is by far the best. It's fast, performant, very stable, easy-to-use, perfect for beginners despite being a Rolling-release, and since IT IS a rolling-release, it's a perfect distribution to have the latest packages, with the performance that goes with it.

Nvidia drivers has been installed easily (I have a Ge-Force 3080). Huion official driver has been easily installed from the .tar.xz file they offer on their website. My "Brother" printer driver had been found easily and was easy to make it work. I have the latest versions of Krita, LibreOffice, OBS, etc...

I was very sad when Solus 4.3 was announced dormant, but now that it revived, I'm really happy I came back to it. I hope it will have a very long life from now on.

Only "bad" point for me is Budgie. It is not bad at all... but still unfinished in my opinion. It lacks of settings, their "applications menu" can't be modified, so I can't add for example Blender from the Portable version I downloaded on Blender's website (which is the only recommanded way to use Blender on Linux) and I can't configure the list of opened application on the panel to be able to close apps with the middle mouse click, as we can do in Cinnamon, KDE or XFCE... But I fixed that issue by choosing KDE instead of Budgie, personally.


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Version: 4.5
Rating: 10
Date: 2024-05-30
Votes: 41


Excellent distro, I used it several years ago I had read that it was inactive but I tried the version 4.5 with GNOME, it became my only system for the day to day it is fast, starting the installation was simple and fast, about I have not had problems with anything, besides eopkg works great, the resource consumption is very acceptable, it has less than 800 packages installed. And any other software you can find in Snap or Flatpak. Quite a success this distro I recommend it.

I will use the XFCE version on another computer to see if I get the same experience on a computer with fewer resources, I hope that I can get the same results in the same way.


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