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DistroWatch.com: Solus

Solus

Last Update: 2017-04-18 04:57 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: 14 (644), 6 months: 12 (794), 3 months: 11 (809), 4 weeks: 11 (814), 1 week: 14 (754)

Average visitor rating: 9.14/10 from 51 review(s).


Solus Summary
Distribution Solus
Home Page https://solus-project.com/
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Documentation https://solus-project.com/help-center/home/https://wiki.solus-project.com/
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Bug Tracker https://dev.solus-project.com/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 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:
 •2017-05-23 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 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
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Full Package List 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1

Full Package List:   Solus 1.2.1
  Number of packages: 492 (download as TXT)
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  •  aalib 1.4.0
  •  accountsservice 0.6.42
  •  acl 2.2.51
  •  adwaita-icon-theme 3.20
  •  alsa-firmware 1.0.27
  •  alsa-lib 1.1.1
  •  alsa-plugins 1.1.1
  •  alsa-utils 1.1.1
  •  appstream-data 3
  •  appstream-glib 0.4.1
  •  arc-firefox-theme 49.20160919
  •  arc-gtk-theme 20161005
  •  arc-icon-theme 20160605
  •  atkmm 2.24.1
  •  at-spi2 2.20.2
  •  at-spi2-atk 2.20.1
  •  attr 2.4.46
  •  avahi 0.6.32
  •  baobab 3.20.1
  •  baselayout 1.7.1
  •  bash 4.3.042
  •  bash-completion 2.1
  •  bc 1.06.95
  •  bluez 5.41
  •  breeze-snow-cursor-theme 5.6.1
  •  budgie-desktop 10.2.8
  •  budgie-desktop-branding 5
  •  budgie-desktop-branding-livecd 5
  •  bzip2 1.0.6
  •  ca-certs 1.87
  •  cairomm 1.12.0
  •  clutter 1.26.0
  •  clutter-gtk 1.8.0
  •  cogl 1.22.0
  •  colord 1.3.3
  •  comar 3.0.3
  •  comar-api 2.4.7
  •  coreutils 8.23
  •  cpio 2.11
  •  cracklib 2.8.22
  •  cryptsetup 1.7.0
  •  cups 2.1.0
  •  cups-filters 1.8.3
  •  cups-pk-helper 0.2.5
  •  curl 7.50.3
  •  cyrus-sasl 2.1.26
  •  db5 5.3.21
  •  dbus 1.10.8
  •  dbus-glib 0.106
  •  dconf 0.26.0
  •  dconf-editor 3.20.3
  •  dejavu-fonts-ttf 2.35
  •  desktop-file-utils 0.22
  •  dhclient 4.3.2
  •  disktype 9
  •  djvulibre 3.5.27
  •  docbook-xml 4.5
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Version: 2017.04.18.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-05-22
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Good stable version, to try without problems. Solus is now my go to distro for laptops as well as desktops, and the software works very well.


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Version: 2017.04.18.0
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Date: 2017-05-20
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Since I started using Solus I have not looked back at the other distros i used to hop between for a complete Linux desktop. Much thanks to the developers and the team that keeps this great distro going.


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Version: 2017.04.18.0
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-05-20
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Solus is now my go to distro for laptops as well as desktops (and I have had several over the years). Rolling distro, always up to date, smart UI (Budgie) and other UI options available as well. It just works. It's on a rapid development cycle and just keeps getting better.


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