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Salient OS

Last Update: 2023-01-30 01:13 UTC

Salient OS is an Arch Linux-based, rolling-release distribution aimed at multimedia and gaming enthusiasts. It is optimised for performance as a gaming workstation and it can be installed to a hard disk using the Calamares installer. Salient OS comes in two separate editions, featuring either the Xfce or the KDE Plasma desktop.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 167 (55), 6 months: 174 (56), 3 months: 162 (54), 4 weeks: 146 (49), 1 week: 124 (52)

Average visitor rating: 7.82/10 from 11 review(s).

Salient Summary
Distribution Salient OS
Home Page https://salientos.github.io/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://sourceforge.net/p/salient-os/discussion/general/
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Documentation --
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Download Mirrors https://sourceforge.net/projects/salient-os/files/
Bug Tracker https://sourceforge.net/p/salient-os/tickets/
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Reviews 20.x: Forbes
19.x: Cubicle Nate's Techpad
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Feature 21.06
Release Date 2021-06-07
End Of Life  
Price (US$) Free
Image Size (MB) 2300-2600
Free Download ISO
Installation Graphical
Default Desktop KDE Plasma, Xfce
Package Management Pacman
Release Model Rolling
Office Suite --
Processor Architecture x86_64
Init Software systemd
Journaled File Systems  
Multilingual Yes
Asian Language Support Yes
Full Package List 21.06
Package 21.06
abiword (3.0.5) --
alsa-lib (1.2.9) 1.2.5
amdgpu (23.0.0) --
bash (5.2.15) 5.1
bind (9.18.15) 9.16.16
chromium (114.0.5735.90) --
cups (2.4.3) 2.3.3
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) 4.4.2-P1
e2fsprogs (1.47.0) 1.46.2
firefox (113.0.2) 89.0
freetype (2.13.0) 2.10.4
gcc (13.1.0) 11.1.0
gimp (2.10.34) --
glibc (2.37) 2.33
gnome-shell (44.2) --
gnucash (5.1) --
gnumeric (1.12.55) --
grub (2.06) 2.04
gtk (4.10.3) 3.24.29
httpd (2.4.57) --
inkscape (1.2.2) --
k3b (23.04.1) --
kmod (30) 29
krita (5.1.5) --
libreoffice (7.5.3) --
linux (6.3.5) 5.12.9
Package 21.06
lxpanel (0.10.1) --
mariadb (10.11.3) --
mate-desktop (1.26.1) --
mesa (23.1.1) 21.1.1
mysql (8.0.33) --
nautilus (44.2) --
NVIDIA (530.41.03) --
openbox (3.6.1) --
openjdk (20.0.1) --
openssh (9.3p1) 8.6p1
openssl (3.1.1) 1.1.1k
perl (5.36.1) 5.34.0
php (8.2.6) --
plasma-desktop (5.27.5) 5.21.5
postfix (3.8.0) --
postgresql (15.3) --
Python (3.11.3) 3.9.5
qt (6.5.1) 5.15.2
samba (4.18.3) 4.14.4
systemd (253.5) 248.3
thunderbird (102.11.2) --
vim (9.0) 8.2
vlc (3.0.18) 3.0.14
wayland (1.22.0) 1.19.0
xfdesktop (4.18.1) 4.16.0
xorg-server (21.1.8) 1.20.11

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Version: 21.06
Rating: 8
Date: 2022-06-08
Votes: 0

I used this OS for about a year, loved it. I can no longer get the nvidia drivers to work right. The calamares installer neglected to install a lot of selected packages starting a while back including the nv driver pkgs, so I simply setup on nouveau and manually installed the nv drivers via binary from recovery mode, then added the other stuff w/pacman myself. It worked well for a while. No longer, just hit with lightdm cannot start now. Sorry but I had to move on and switch to endeavor, but if there's a new iso anytime patching these items, I will return. Thanks for the great OS.

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Version: 21.06
Rating: 8
Date: 2021-08-27
Votes: 0

Excellent out of box experience and the KDE version works wonderfully for me. I haven't tried it out too much yet, so i'll find out soon if it's truly worth a 10/10.

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Version: 21.06
Rating: 9
Date: 2021-07-03
Votes: 3

I have tried about 10 diff distros in past 2 months. I do xfce only - don't like gnome - this is slick on xfce - very fast. I have slackware current as daily, but looking for alternate. I will keep this one for a while. Only slack and MX were as easy and as fast running as this. Installation was slow took 45 minutes, and libreoffice crashed the install on conflicting dependencies, but when I deselected it, it went clean. Otherwise I would give this a 10. I installed nearly everything, and it boots and runs extremely fast. Among those I tried and ditched are pop, manjaro, artix, mageia, solus (which I like but I need to either build drivers from source or have git/dkms) it didn't cooperate. This distro did. Running old xeon cpu on x58 with a lot of ram and 1070ti.

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