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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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Solus Summary
Distribution Solus
Home Page https://getsol.us/
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Bug Tracker https://dev.getsol.us/maniphest/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2019-03-18: Distribution Release: Solus 4.0
 • 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
 • More Solus releases...

  Headlines:
 •2019-03-21 Budgie 10.5 shipped with Solus 4.0
 •2019-01-15 Solus roadmap for 2019
 •2018-11-02 Solus team regaining account access
 •2018-10-27 Solus founder out of contact
 •2018-09-21 Solus updates install media
 •2018-06-27 Solus polishes desktop tools
 •2018-05-23 Budgie returns to Solus
 •2018-03-09 Solus redesigns Software Centre
 •2018-02-15 Solus to offer optional Wayland session
 •2017-11-01 Wayland and snapd coming to Solus 4
 • More Solus headlines...

Table Notes and Explanations
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  • To compare the software in this project to the software available in other distributions, please see our Compare Packages page.
  • Notes: In case where multiple versions of a package are shipped with a distribution, only the default version appears in the table. For indication about the GNOME version, please check the "nautilus" and "gnome-shell" packages. The Apache web server is listed as "httpd" and the Linux kernel is listed as "linux". The KDE desktop is represented by the "plasma-desktop" package and the Xfce desktop by the "xfdesktop" package.
  • 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.
Feature 4.0 3.9999 3
Release Date 2019-03-17 2018-09-20 2017-08-15
End Of Life      
Price (US$) Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1400-1500 1400-1500 1100-1200
Free Download ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Budgie, GNOME, MATE Budgie, GNOME, MATE Budgie, GNOME, MATE
Package Management Flatpak, eopkg (pisi fork), Snap Flatpak, eopkg (pisi fork), Snap Flatpak, eopkg (pisi fork), Snap
Release Model Rolling Rolling Rolling
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems      
Multilingual Yes    
Asian Language Support Yes    
Full Package List 4.0 3.9999 3
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.8) 1.1.5 1.1.5 1.1.4.1
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- --
bash (5.0) 4.4 4.4 4.3
bind (9.14.0) -- -- --
chromium (73.0.3683.86) -- -- --
cups (2.2.11) 2.2.8 2.2.8 2.2.3
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.3.2
e2fsprogs (1.45.0) 1.44.6 1.44.4 1.43.4
firefox (66.0.1) 65.0.1 62.0 55.0.1
freetype (2.10.0) 2.8 2.8 2.8
gcc (8.3.0) -- -- --
gimp (2.10.8) -- -- --
glibc (2.29) 2.29 2.27 2.25
gnome-shell (3.32.0) 3.28.3 3.28.3 3.24.3
gnucash (3.4) -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.44) -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02 2.02beta2
gtk+ (3.24.7) 3.22.30 3.22.30 3.22.18
httpd (2.4.38) -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.4) -- -- --
k3b (18.12.3) -- -- --
kmod (26) 25 25 24
krita (4.1.8) -- -- --
libreoffice (6.2.2) 6.2.1 6.1.0 5.4.0
linux (5.0.4) 4.20.16 4.18.5 4.12.7
lxpanel (0.10.0) -- -- --
mariadb (10.3.13) -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.22.0) 1.20.4 1.20.3 1.18.0
mesa (19.0.0) 19.0.0 18.1.6 17.1.6
mysql (8.0.15) -- -- --
nautilus (3.32.0) 3.26.4 3.26.4 3.24.2
NVIDIA (418.56) 418.43 390.87 384.59
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- --
openjdk (12) -- -- --
openssh (7.9p1) 7.7p1 7.7p1 7.5p1
openssl (1.1.1b) 1.0.2r 1.0.2p 1.0.2l
perl (5.28.1) 5.28.1 5.26.2 5.24.1
php (7.3.3) -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.15.3) -- -- --
postfix (3.4.4) -- -- --
postgresql (11.2) -- 10.5 --
Python (3.7.2) 2.7.16 2.7.15 2.7.13
qt (5.12.2) 5.12.1 5.11.1 5.9.1
samba (4.10.0) 4.8.8 4.7.9 4.6.6
systemd (241) 239 239 218
thunderbird (60.6.1) 60.5.2 60.0 52.2.1
vim (8.1) -- -- --
vlc (3.0.6) 3.0.6 3.0.3 2.2.6
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- --
xorg-server (1.20.4) 1.20.3 1.19.6 1.18.4

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Version: 4.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-03-24
Votes: 6


This distro is now my main driver.

I'm an Android Developer and very surprised about how I set quickly the system ready for Android development. I installed Android Studio, Nvidia drivers, that's all. You won't even be bothered with kvm things...

I always suffered heavy RAM usage of GNOME on Ubuntu.
In Solus, things are unbelievable... Everything works so fast & out of the box, not to mention very low usage of RAM!... I use Android Studio, Google Chrome with multiple tabs, Postman and Emulator, it's still under the 7GB! Can you believe it?
Also, I tested some gaming, still amazing... I hope it won't crash anymore during updates.

I've faced two minor problems:

1 - When installing a third party application, installing indicator animating much longer than real. So I close the store.

2 - Login password input delay. Password page appears but I won't able enter any input for a couple of seconds...


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Version: 4.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-03-24
Votes: 0


Solus is now my main OS.
I installed in a gamer Laptop with Nvidia GTX 960M, Intel Core i7 6700HQ, that has a lot of multimedia keys. With Solus everything in my laptop is working very well, i tried to install Slackware (My main OS in my secondary laptop), Fedora Linux, Ubuntu, Deepin, Manjaro (I used for years as my main OS) and FreeBSD (that working very well on this gamer laptop, but with a lot of resources missing), but had problems with them all, except Solus.

Solus is fast (has a very fast boot too), stable, auto-configurable, easy to use, practical (its only install and be happy), now i can focus on my work instead of take time to configure something to keep working.



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Version: 4.0
Rating: 4
Date: 2019-03-22
Votes: 0


A lot of people like Solus but it does nothing for me. We had to wait a VERY LONG time for this version to be released. I guess that's because the development team is so small. The rolling release is nice but that only counterbalances a lousy package manager. Every time I look at Solus it gives me the impression it's still a work in progress. It doesn't help that the distribution uses the Budgie, Mate, and Gnome desktops either. I prefer KDE and XFCE.


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