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DistroWatch.com: Solus

Solus

Last Update: 2017-01-20 15:39 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: 16 (550), 6 months: 13 (699), 3 months: 11 (821), 4 weeks: 15 (639), 1 week: 15 (666)

Average visitor rating: 9.12/10 from 17 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/
Screenshots LinuxQuestions.orgDistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts LinuxQuestions.org
Download Mirrors https://solus-project.com/download/LinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker https://dev.solus-project.com/
Related Websites  
Reviews 2017.x.x: DistroWatch
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 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:
 •2017-03-06 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
 •2016-07-25 Solus embraces rolling release
 •2016-06-23 Solus plans future features
 • 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 2017.01.01.0 1.2.1
Release Date 2017-01-01 2016-10-19
End Of Life    
Price (US$) Free Free
CDs 1 DVD 1 DVD
Free Download ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Budgie, MATE Budgie, MATE
Package Management eopkg (pisi fork) eopkg (pisi fork)
Office Suite -- --
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64
Journaled File Systems    
Multilingual    
Asian Language Support    
Full Package List 2017.01.01.0 1.2.1
Package 2017.01.01.0 1.2.1
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.2 --
alsa-lib (1.1.3) 1.1.1 1.1.1
ati-driver (16.40) -- --
bash (4.4) 4.3 4.3
bind (9.11.0-P3) -- --
chromium (57.0.2987.110) -- --
cups (2.2.3) 2.1.0 2.1.0
dhcp (4.3.5) 4.3.2 4.3.2
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.42.13 1.42.13
firefox (52.0.2) 50.1.0 49.0.1
freetype (2.7.1) -- 2.6.1
gcc (6.3.0) 6.3.0 --
gimp (2.8.20) 2.8.18 --
glibc (2.25) 2.24 2.24
gnome-shell (3.24.0) 3.20.4 --
gnucash (2.6.16) -- --
gnumeric (1.12.34) 1.12.31 --
grub (2.00) 2.0.2 2.00beta2
gtk+ (3.22.11) -- 3.18.9
httpd (2.4.25) 2.4.23 --
inkscape (0.92.1) 0.91 --
k3b (2.0.3a) -- --
kmod (24) 17 17
libgnome (2.32.1) 2.32.1 --
libreoffice (5.3.1) 5.2.3.3 --
linux (4.10.6) 4.8.15 4.8.2
Package 2017.01.01.0 1.2.1
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- --
mariadb (10.1.22) -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.16.0 --
mesa (17.0.2) -- 12.1.0
mysql (5.7.17) -- --
nautilus (3.24.0) 3.20.3 3.20.3
NVIDIA (378.13) -- 370.28
openbox (3.6.1) -- --
openjdk (8u121) 8u112 --
openssh (7.5p1) 7.4p1 7.3p1
openssl (1.1.0e) 1.0.2j 1.0.2j
perl (5.24.1) 5.22.1 5.22.1
php (7.1.3) 7.0.13 --
plasma-desktop (5.9.4) -- --
postfix (3.2.0) -- --
postgresql (9.6.2) 9.5.5 --
Python (3.6.1) 2.7.12 2.7.12
qt (5.8.0) 5.6.2 5.6.1
samba (4.6.1) 4.3.11 4.3.11
systemd (233) 218 218
thunderbird (45.8.0) 45.6.0 45.4.0
vim (8.0) 8.0 --
vlc (2.2.4) 2.2.4 2.2.4
xfdesktop (4.12.3) -- --
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.18.4 1.18.4

Reader Ratings
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Average rating
9.1
from 17 review(s)



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Version: 2017.01.01.0
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-01-23
Votes: 3


fast and elegant, working out of the box,rolling release model for the noobs (there no need for terminal knowledge)
a big 9!

and budgie-desktop rocks ;)
love from cheese country


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Version: 1.2.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-01-29
Votes: 0


Very light and fast. This distro is definitely worth checking out!


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Version: 2017.01.01.0
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-02-01
Votes: 0


Excellent distribution, stylish, lightweight, updated and stable. Just is not very customizable.


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