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DistroWatch.com: Solus

Solus

Last Update: 2017-08-17 23:15 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: 11 (741), 6 months: 11 (800), 3 months: 9 (793), 4 weeks: 7 (928), 1 week: 2 (1,924)

Average visitor rating: 9.02/10 from 101 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 DistroWatch Gallery
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:
 •2017-08-14 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
 •2016-06-23 Solus plans future features
 • 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) 1145-1181MB    
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) 4.3 4.3 4.3
bind (9.11.2) -- -- --
chromium (60.0.3112.101) -- -- --
cups (2.2.4) 2.2.3 2.2.3 2.1.0
dhcp (4.3.6) 4.3.2 4.3.2 4.3.2
e2fsprogs (1.43.5) 1.43.4 1.43.4 1.42.13
firefox (55.0.2) 55.0.1 52.0.2 49.0.1
freetype (2.8) 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 (3.24.3) 3.24.3 3.24.1 --
gnucash (2.6.17) -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.35) -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.00beta2
gtk+ (3.22.18) 3.22.18 3.22.12 3.18.9
httpd (2.4.27) -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.2) -- -- --
k3b (17.08.0) -- -- --
kmod (24) 24 17 17
libgnome (2.32.1) -- --
libreoffice (5.4.0) 5.4.0 5.3.2 --
linux (4.12.8) 4.12.7 4.9.22 4.8.2
Package 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- --
mariadb (10.2.8) -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.18.0 1.18.0 --
mesa (17.1.6) 17.1.6 17.0.4 12.1.0
mysql (5.7.19) -- -- --
nautilus (3.24.2.1) 3.24.2 3.24.0 3.20.3
NVIDIA (384.59) 384.59 375.39 370.28
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- --
openjdk (8u144) -- -- --
openssh (7.5p1) 7.5p1 7.5p1 7.3p1
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.0.2l 1.0.2k 1.0.2j
perl (5.26.0) 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.22.1
php (7.1.8) -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.10.4) -- -- --
postfix (3.2.2) -- -- --
postgresql (9.6.4) -- -- --
Python (3.6.2) 2.7.13 2.7.13 2.7.12
qt (5.9.1) 5.9.1 5.6.2 5.6.1
samba (4.6.7) 4.6.6 4.3.13 4.3.11
systemd (234) 218 218 218
thunderbird (52.3.0) 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 (1.19.3) 1.18.4 1.18.4 1.18.4

Reader Ratings
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Average rating
9.0
from 101 review(s)



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Version: 2017.04.18.0
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-08-20
Votes: 3


Very polished.
Very easy to install on multi-boot system.
This is worth trying out.

I gave it a 9 instead of a 10 because I could get my Broadcom BCM4360 internal
PCI-e card to work. All other WiFi adapters I had it worked flawlessly.


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Version: 3
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-08-20
Votes: 0


Light and polished. Well suited to modern laptops.


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Version: 3
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-08-20
Votes: 2


I installed Solus Mate 2017.01.01.0 originally in mid February. Now I'm on Solus Mate 3 and the update to 2017.04.18.0 and to version 3 were pain free. It boots much faster than Linux Mint 18 and installing software is very easy. Certain packages are not allowed to be removed to prevent breaking the system but other packages like grub can be removed, so maybe those packages need to be locked.
Solus comes with a lot of popular software and more in the software centre being added regularly. Only downside is you have to request it and if it's not actively maintained it may not be accepted available to you in which case you'd have to try Mint or Manjaro or other Debian/Ubuntu/Arch based distro with more software. Great thing is the software on Solus is optimised and carefully chosen run well on Solus.
I've run into many small bugs being introduced which were not present in the live usb session. Things like 12 hour time format being possible in the live usb but not after full install and updates. Some of these small bugs may be due to an older version updating to a newer major version and not having the exact same base packages.
The support available in IRC and on the developer website where bugs are reported is great, slightly better than for Linux Mint.
I think Solus is a better beginner's rolling release distro compared to Manjaro as it seems to have fewer major bugs introduced. On the Manjaro news website I have seen posts saying that certain stable updates to major new versions require some terminal work and even the recent password controversy. In Solus, the updates are either available or not and when they do install and I restart there have been no major problems.
One thing I liked moving from Mint 18 to Solus was emoji were perfectly rendered on Facebook and Skype web chat, maybe because Mint is based on Ubuntu LTS from last year. I find the colour theme and font on Solus easier on the eyes than Mint's grey and green.
Keep an eye on this independent Linux distro !


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