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Solus

Last Update: 2019-03-18 18:16 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: 8 (859), 6 months: 8 (893), 3 months: 7 (1,019), 4 weeks: 7 (1,213), 1 week: 3 (1,927)

Average visitor rating: 8.61/10 from 356 review(s).


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:
 • 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:
 •2019-01-15 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
 •2017-10-16 Solus upgrades key packages
 • More Solus headlines...

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Feature 4.0 3.9999 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
Release Date 2019-03-17 2018-09-20 2017-08-15 2017-04-18 2016-10-19
End Of Life          
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1400-1500 1400-1500 1100-1200    
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Budgie, GNOME, MATE Budgie, GNOME, MATE Budgie, GNOME, MATE Budgie, GNOME, MATE Budgie, MATE
Package Management Flatpak, eopkg (pisi fork), Snap Flatpak, eopkg (pisi fork), Snap Flatpak, eopkg (pisi fork), Snap Flatpak, eopkg (pisi fork) eopkg (pisi fork)
Release Model Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice --
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems          
Multilingual Yes        
Asian Language Support Yes        
Full Package List 4.0 3.9999 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
Package 4.0 3.9999 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.8) 1.1.5 1.1.5 1.1.4.1 1.1.3 1.1.1
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- -- --
bash (5.0) 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.3
bind (9.13.7) -- -- -- -- --
chromium (73.0.3683.86) -- -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.10) 2.2.8 2.2.8 2.2.3 2.2.3 2.1.0
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.3.2 4.3.2 4.3.2
e2fsprogs (1.45.0) 1.44.6 1.44.4 1.43.4 1.43.4 1.42.13
firefox (66.0) 65.0.1 62.0 55.0.1 52.0.2 49.0.1
freetype (2.10.0) 2.8 2.8 2.8 2.7 2.6.1
gcc (8.3.0) -- -- -- -- --
gimp (2.10.8) -- -- -- -- --
glibc (2.29) 2.29 2.27 2.25 2.25 2.24
gnome-shell (3.32.0) 3.28.3 3.28.3 3.24.3 3.24.1 --
gnucash (3.4) -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.44) -- -- -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.00beta2
gtk+ (3.24.7) 3.22.30 3.22.30 3.22.18 3.22.12 3.18.9
httpd (2.4.38) -- -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.4) -- -- -- -- --
k3b (18.12.3) -- -- -- -- --
kmod (26) 25 25 24 17 17
krita (4.1.8) -- -- -- 3.1.0 --
libreoffice (6.2.1) 6.2.1 6.1.0 5.4.0 5.3.2 --
linux (5.0.3) 4.20.16 4.18.5 4.12.7 4.9.22 4.8.2
Package 4.0 3.9999 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.3.13) -- -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.22.0) 1.20.4 1.20.3 1.18.0 1.18.0 --
mesa (19.0.0) 19.0.0 18.1.6 17.1.6 17.0.4 12.1.0
mysql (8.0.15) -- -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.32.0) 3.26.4 3.26.4 3.24.2 3.24.0 3.20.3
NVIDIA (418.43) 418.43 390.87 384.59 375.39 370.28
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- --
openjdk (12) -- -- -- -- --
openssh (7.9p1) 7.7p1 7.7p1 7.5p1 7.5p1 7.3p1
openssl (1.1.1b) 1.0.2r 1.0.2p 1.0.2l 1.0.2k 1.0.2j
perl (5.28.1) 5.28.1 5.26.2 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.22.1
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 2.7.13 2.7.12
qt (5.12.2) 5.12.1 5.11.1 5.9.1 5.6.2 5.6.1
samba (4.10.0) 4.8.8 4.7.9 4.6.6 4.3.13 4.3.11
systemd (241) 239 239 218 218 218
thunderbird (60.6.0) 60.5.2 60.0 52.2.1 52.0.1 45.4.0
vim (8.1) -- -- -- -- --
vlc (3.0.6) 3.0.6 3.0.3 2.2.6 2.2.4 2.2.4
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.20.4) 1.20.3 1.19.6 1.18.4 1.18.4 1.18.4

Reader Ratings
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Version: 4.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-03-20
Votes: 0


Hopped to Solus Budgie from Pop!_OS, zero regrets

Budgie is a superb DE which is minimal and polished like GNOME but also much faster. Default theme looks ok, but there're better IMO, for example, elementary

Solus has a decent amount of software available, though Ubuntu has more. So far I could install everything I needed, and Flatpak support is a big plus too

Rolling release model for me is a good thing too, although there're people who need stable release

This distro is perfect for me and I'd recommend it for everyone, except maybe for science or server guys


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Version: 4.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-03-19
Votes: 1


This is my first Budgie experience, so I am not sure how much of my review is specific to Solus and not just Budgie itself.

Very impressed. The eopkg manager was a very easy shift from apt. just put the eopkg --help output up on one screen and was able to do everything. Actually I would probably be faster with eopkg than apt if I had as much experience with it.

It is actually a pretty configurable UI. I am used to XFCE, and when I right-clicked on the panel I was worried there was no configurability. Once I figured it out though, I think it is actually a cleaner way of handling things.

Overall it is a very smooth experience. Light enough for speed, yet looks nice. The most impressive part for me is the lack of miniscule glitches. This just hasn't happened to me in any other DE. Slight changes in XFCE or KDE constantly break things or make them act weird. This just feels so much more solid. Although it is at the cost of some configurability, I think I would rather adjust to a stable DE than tweak the hell out of a glitchy interface so it fits my current way of thinking.

Very big fan, going to keep running in a VM for a while looking for issues before wiping out my base MX OS.

May the force be with you


Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 4.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-03-18
Votes: 27


First of all, I am just a common PC user, personal computers were discovered by me quite late in my life, so I don't know how relevant my review will be for this place. (I am also not a native English speaker).

I've decided to switch to Linux in 2016, primarily because of constant file fragmentation and updates clogging my slow internet connection.
I've tried Mint, Manjaro, elementary and different flavors of Ubuntu. My experience with all these distros was very similar. At first everything works great. Then there is an update and something breaks. Something that I can't find how to fix or it ts too difficult for me to fix. Then I switch to another distro.
I've installed Solus (with Budgie) in September 2017. At first everything worked great, but then... It continued to do that. Now it's March 2019 and nothing broke since the install. At some point I even got curious - "Maybe it's just the combination of software that I use does not brake?". So I installed almost everything software center has to offer, tried it. Tried different desktop environments on the same install. Tried using flatpak and snap. And everything was working. Updating and working.
The only thing I can say after that is if even such unexperienced person like me can't break this in more than a year, then the developers definitely know what they are doing.


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