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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: 13 (672), 6 months: 11 (838), 3 months: 9 (861), 4 weeks: 12 (781), 1 week: 12 (776)

Average visitor rating: 9.06/10 from 66 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:
 •2017-06-13 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 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
Release Date 2017-04-18 2016-10-19
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CDs 1 DVD 1 DVD
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Installation Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Budgie, GNOME, MATE Budgie, MATE
Package Management eopkg (pisi fork) eopkg (pisi fork)
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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
  •  doflicky 5
  •  dosfstools 4.0
  •  dotconf 1.3
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  •  gnome-themes-standard 3.20.2
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  •  goofiboot 51
  •  gparted 0.24.0
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  •  iproute2 3.19.0
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  •  iso-codes 3.46
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  •  kbd 2.0.3
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  •  kernel-modules 4.8.2
  •  kmod 17
  •  lame 3.99.5
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  •  libcddb 1.3.2
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  •  libdv 1.0.0
  •  libdvbpsi 1.3.0
  •  libdvdcss 1.3.0
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  •  libexempi 2.3.0
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Version: 2017.04.18.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-06-23
Votes: 0


Excellent distro in all ways. Work out of the box with https://puri.sm/ notebook


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Version: 2017.04.18.0
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-06-20
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One of my favorite linux distribution, that budgie DE is light, stable,, i have installed at my Acer Aspire 4530 alongside with another distribution, but i prefer use this than others...

pro :
- a new DE that light, stable,i love this one....
- independent distribution


cons:
- after installed NVIDIA driver card, I cannot use any button in top panel...


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Version: 2017.04.18.0
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-06-17
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For a desktop usage, Solus is one of the best choice (maybe THE one) for modern 64bits computers.

Effecient, elegant, powerfull, without multiplication of packages and similar apps. The essential is provided and tested.

I've installed it on an Asus Vivobook & an old desktop PC without any problems. Before, I used LInux Mint Debian Edition with minor and reccurant problems (no MTP for Android phone, screen resolution inadapted... Nothing of this with Solus).


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