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Solus

Last Update: 2018-03-24 02:03 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.

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Average visitor rating: 8.58/10 from 302 review(s).


Solus Summary
Distribution Solus
Home Page https://getsol.us/
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User Forums https://getsol.us/forums/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://getsol.us/help-center/home/
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Download Mirrors https://getsol.us/download/
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:
 •2018-06-27 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
 •2017-06-13 Ikey Doherty to work on Solus full-time
 •2017-05-23 Solus packaging KDE
 •2017-05-11 Solus improves Bluetooth support
 • More Solus headlines...

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Feature 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
Release Date 2017-08-15 2017-04-18 2016-10-19
End Of Life      
Price (US$) Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1145-1181    
Free Download ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Budgie, GNOME, MATE Budgie, GNOME, MATE Budgie, MATE
Package Management Flatpak, eopkg (pisi fork), Snap Flatpak, eopkg (pisi fork) eopkg (pisi fork)
Release Model Rolling Rolling Rolling
Office Suite 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 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
Package 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.6) 1.1.4.1 1.1.3 1.1.1
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- --
bash (4.4.18) 4.3 4.3 4.3
bind (9.13.2) -- -- --
chromium (69.0.3497.100) -- -- --
cups (2.2.8) 2.2.3 2.2.3 2.1.0
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.2 4.3.2 4.3.2
e2fsprogs (1.44.4) 1.43.4 1.43.4 1.42.13
firefox (62.0) 55.0.1 52.0.2 49.0.1
freetype (2.9.1) 2.8 2.7 2.6.1
gcc (8.2.0) -- -- --
gimp (2.10.6) -- -- --
glibc (2.28) 2.25 2.25 2.24
gnome-shell (3.30.0) 3.24.3 3.24.1 --
gnucash (3.2) -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.43) -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.00beta2
gtk+ (3.24.1) 3.22.18 3.22.12 3.18.9
httpd (2.4.34) -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.3) -- -- --
k3b (18.08.1) -- -- --
kmod (25) 24 17 17
krita (4.1.1)      
libreoffice (6.1.1) 5.4.0 5.3.2 --
linux (4.18.8) 4.12.7 4.9.22 4.8.2
Package 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- -- --
mariadb (10.3.9) -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.3) 1.18.0 1.18.0 --
mesa (18.2.0) 17.1.6 17.0.4 12.1.0
mysql (8.0.12) -- -- --
nautilus (3.30.0) 3.24.2 3.24.0 3.20.3
NVIDIA (396.54) 384.59 375.39 370.28
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- --
openjdk (10.0.2) -- -- --
openssh (7.8p1) 7.5p1 7.5p1 7.3p1
openssl (1.1.1) 1.0.2l 1.0.2k 1.0.2j
perl (5.28.0) 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.22.1
php (7.2.10) -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.13.5) -- -- --
postfix (3.3.1) -- -- --
postgresql (10.5) -- -- --
Python (3.7.0) 2.7.13 2.7.13 2.7.12
qt (5.11.1) 5.9.1 5.6.2 5.6.1
samba (4.9.0) 4.6.6 4.3.13 4.3.11
systemd (239) 218 218 218
thunderbird (60.0) 52.2.1 52.0.1 45.4.0
vim (8.1) -- -- --
vlc (3.0.4) 2.2.6 2.2.4 2.2.4
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- --
xorg-server (1.20.1) 1.18.4 1.18.4 1.18.4

Reader Ratings
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Average rating
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Version: 3
Rating: 8
Date: 2018-09-19
Votes: 1


Getting Solus installed is easy. Getting re-started after the installation definitely is rough and could sour people on the project.

That said, once you do manage to get the ball rolling on Solus, it's a pretty smooth ride. Though the Budgie desktop was fairly heavy on other distros, it's well integrated into Solus. For example, it doesn't have the wandering icon issue that Ubuntu Budgie has. Resource use is fairly low, and on my HP Pavilion, I get pretty good battery life (roughly 4-5 hours with TLP and Powertop).

Software choices are decent but limited; if you aren't a power user, then what's offered should suffice. Snap sort of works here (although in the two instances in which I've used it--to add Spotify and Tusk--the software didn't work the second time around).

A hint for those of you who wish to use Budgie: What kept the blinking black screen at bay for me was running [sudo eopkg up] in the terminal instead of using the Software Center for the initial upgrades after installation. It's a lengthy process to be sure (nearly a half hour or so), but no blinking screen occurred afterward.


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Version: 3
Rating: 1
Date: 2018-09-10
Votes: 0


Can confirm the same, black screen going on and off with a white blinking cursor...

Installed on a new 16G USB3 SanDisk ultra flash, worked perfectly first - fast nice and simple desktop. However, ... upon performing updates (long Gb updates... very long updates keeping in mind when the iso was last made) the PC got into lock-screen mode with no line to login and no possible shortcut combination working . Power button helped (after an hour waiting), but I landed at the black screen mentioned. Did the exercise again, reinstalled, updated (3.999, really!?), rebooted at black blinking screen [tried on 2 notebooks everything runs on - older HP with Radeon and newer with Nvidia].

Decided maybe should not waste time for beta OS... here the surprising bonus, the USB flash could not be re-formated, both under linux or windows, with all possible tools tried... likely got overheat with 1 year succession of updates.

Now, reading many positive comments below ... a la "nicer, greater, better and even more stable than *Buntu, Mint, Debian etc." wondering ... really, more stable than even Debian!?
Rolling, v. 3.999 likely going to be 3.9999x soon, with no iso in view after a year with an excuse "install once roll forever". Ok, maybe for those lucky fellas installed a year ago and rolled .... For me a black screen with a blinking cursor. Anyway, not gonna try Solus till there is an iso.


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Version: 3
Rating: 5
Date: 2018-09-09
Votes: 0


Can confirm black screen after update installation. Forums are not friendly, very inactive.


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