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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.

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Average visitor rating: 8.93/10 from 141 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:
 •2017-10-16 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
 •2016-07-25 Solus embraces rolling release
 • 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 (1.1.4.1) 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 (62.0.3202.62) -- -- --
cups (2.2.5) 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 (56.0.1) 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 (3.26.1) 3.24.3 3.24.1 --
gnucash (2.6.18-1) -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.35) -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.00beta2
gtk+ (3.22.24) 3.22.18 3.22.12 3.18.9
httpd (2.4.28) -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.2) -- -- --
k3b (17.08.2) -- -- --
kmod (24) 24 17 17
libgnome (2.32.1) -- --
libreoffice (5.4.2) 5.4.0 5.3.2 --
linux (4.13.8) 4.12.7 4.9.22 4.8.2
Package 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- --
mariadb (10.2.9) -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.18.0 1.18.0 --
mesa (17.2.3) 17.1.6 17.0.4 12.1.0
mysql (5.7.20) -- -- --
nautilus (3.26.0) 3.24.2 3.24.0 3.20.3
NVIDIA (384.90) 384.59 375.39 370.28
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- --
openjdk (8u151) -- -- --
openssh (7.6p1) 7.5p1 7.5p1 7.3p1
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.0.2l 1.0.2k 1.0.2j
perl (5.26.1) 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.22.1
php (7.1.10) -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.11.1) -- -- --
postfix (3.2.3) -- -- --
postgresql (10.0) -- -- --
Python (3.6.3) 2.7.13 2.7.13 2.7.12
qt (5.9.2) 5.9.1 5.6.2 5.6.1
samba (4.7.0) 4.6.6 4.3.13 4.3.11
systemd (235) 218 218 218
thunderbird (52.4.0) 52.2.1 52.0.1 45.4.0
vim (8.0) -- -- --
vlc (2.2.6) 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
Reader supplied reviews for Solus

Average rating
8.9
from 141 review(s)



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Version: 3
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-10-20
Votes: 2


Pros:

- Rolling release
- Easy to install
- Great theming
- Sane defaults
- Friendly devs / active developement
- Linux Steam Integration
- Snaps for 3rd party apps (Flatpak available in the repos)

Cons:

- Not as bleeding edge as Arch Linux
- Smaller repos than Debian / Ubuntu / Arch + AUR
- Package manager is not very mature

Solus is a beautiful distro. Easy to install and use. Optimized for desktop computers. Their flagship Desktop Environement is Budgie. Budgie is GTK based but will transition to Qt. They also offer GNOME 3 and MATE editions. I love the Budgie DE on Solus because it is very similar to what I tried to achieve with Gnome 3 on Arch by using extensions. As a gamer, it's nice to know that the devs go out of their way to make sure their distro works well with Steam for Linux. Their package manager is currently eopkg which was forked from PiSi (of Pardus Linux). It's not as feature rich as pacman but it gets the job done. They have plans to replace eopkg with sol.


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Version: 3
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-10-16
Votes: 1


Love this distro, it looks great and icons are first class.

Enough software to keep you happy and I love the way Libre Office looks in it.

Fast and sleek.

The only thing I do not like is the logoff button is on the bottom right, away from the main menu. A minor but annoying thing otherwise a fast stable distro that does what it should do, simply work!

Good work guys.


Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 3
Rating: 8
Date: 2017-10-15
Votes: 1


I like Solus and its independency of all of the other distros. I've used Debian for a while but switched to Solus for these reasons:
1. Solus is meant to be with Budgie - in my opinion, the best desktop environment. It is based on GNOME, which I don't like for its dock, but I find GTK very comfortable and easy. I know that they are moving to QT, and I don't like KDE but I trust Solus and the Budgie team. Also it made me completely forget about the terminal. Looks great out of the box.
2. Graphical software installer that actually works and I find it the most comfortable.
3. A lot of useful packages for an independent distro, even non-free ones.
4. It runs well and even with these pretty animations that Budgie has on low-end PCs (around 750 packages at install - take that Ubuntu and Mint).
Overall I've had great experience with it and I wiped Windows for Solus.


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