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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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Documentation https://getsol.us/help-center/home/
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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:
 • 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:
 •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
 •2017-10-16 Solus upgrades key packages
 •2017-08-14 Solus supports Snap packages
 • 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 3.9999 3 2017.04.18.0
Release Date 2018-09-20 2017-08-15 2017-04-18
End Of Life      
Price (US$) Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1100-1200 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)
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      
Asian Language Support      
Full Package List 3.9999 3 2017.04.18.0
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.7) 1.1.5 1.1.4.1 1.1.3
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- --
bash (4.4.18) 4.4 4.3 4.3
bind (9.13.4) -- -- --
chromium (71.0.3578.80) -- -- --
cups (2.2.10) 2.2.8 2.2.3 2.2.3
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.3.2 4.3.2
e2fsprogs (1.44.4) 1.44.4 1.43.4 1.43.4
firefox (64.0) 62.0 55.0.1 52.0.2
freetype (2.9.1) 2.8 2.8 2.7
gcc (8.2.0) -- -- --
gimp (2.10.8) -- -- --
glibc (2.28) 2.27 2.25 2.25
gnome-shell (3.30.2) 3.28.3 3.24.3 3.24.1
gnucash (3.3) -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.44) -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02beta2 2.02beta2
gtk+ (3.24.1) 3.22.30 3.22.18 3.22.12
httpd (2.4.37) -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.3) -- -- --
k3b (18.08.3) -- -- --
kmod (25) 25 24 17
krita (4.1.5) -- -- 3.1.0
libreoffice (6.1.3) 6.1.0 5.4.0 5.3.2
linux (4.19.8) 4.18.5 4.12.7 4.9.22
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- -- --
mariadb (10.3.11) -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.3) 1.20.3 1.18.0 1.18.0
mesa (18.3.0) 18.1.6 17.1.6 17.0.4
mysql (8.0.13) -- -- --
nautilus (3.30.4) 3.26.4 3.24.2 3.24.0
NVIDIA (415.18) 390.87 384.59 375.39
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- --
openjdk (10.0.2) -- -- --
openssh (7.9p1) 7.7p1 7.5p1 7.5p1
openssl (1.1.1a) 1.0.2p 1.0.2l 1.0.2k
perl (5.28.0) 5.26.2 5.24.1 5.24.1
php (7.3.0) -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.14.4) -- -- --
postfix (3.3.2) -- -- --
postgresql (11.1) 10.5 -- --
Python (3.7.1) 2.7.15 2.7.13 2.7.13
qt (5.12.0) 5.11.1 5.9.1 5.6.2
samba (4.9.3) 4.7.9 4.6.6 4.3.13
systemd (239) 239 218 218
thunderbird (60.3.3) 60.0 52.2.1 52.0.1
vim (8.1) -- -- --
vlc (3.0.4) 3.0.3 2.2.6 2.2.4
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- --
xorg-server (1.20.3) 1.19.6 1.18.4 1.18.4

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Version: 3.9999
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-12-10
Votes: 0


Worried about that Windows 7 support coming to an end? Not anymore. Solus should be your next OS


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Version: 3.9999
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-12-09
Votes: 2


Great distro.stable,fast.clean.easy to use.man i love this disro, but unfortunately after solus moved to new servers >getsol.us< i not being able to update my system,downloading updates is way to slow 67 to 125 kbs and hangs when updating,via terminal or software center its the same problem.
Im going to miss you solus !!
Greetings from Portugal.


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Version: 3.9999
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-12-06
Votes: 14


An amazing distribution to bring beauty in simplicity back to the forefront of networking standards. The only Gnome variant without slowdowns and the ability to customize without flaw. My only gripe is that it was made to be the only operating system per hard drive therefore the grub boot loader by passes OS chooser by default, which is an easy fix but still something to note. Tested all GUI's resulting in optimal performance. Beauty by design, charismatic by nature, driven in a unified direction to improve quality of workflow. Thank you Solus.


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