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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: 8.66/10 from 269 review(s).


Solus Summary
Distribution Solus
Home Page https://solus-project.com/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://solus-project.com/forums/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://solus-project.com/help-center/home/https://wiki.solus-project.com/
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Screencasts
Download Mirrors https://solus-project.com/download/LinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker https://dev.solus-project.com/
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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:
 •2018-05-23 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
 •2017-03-06 Solus rolling out improvements
 • 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 (16.40) -- -- --
bash (4.4.18) 4.3 4.3 4.3
bind (9.12.1) -- -- --
chromium (66.0.3359.181) -- -- --
cups (2.2.7) 2.2.3 2.2.3 2.1.0
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.2 4.3.2 4.3.2
e2fsprogs (1.44.2) 1.43.4 1.43.4 1.42.13
firefox (60.0.1) 55.0.1 52.0.2 49.0.1
freetype (2.9.1) 2.8 2.7 2.6.1
gcc (8.1.0) -- -- --
gimp (2.10.2) -- -- --
glibc (2.27) 2.25 2.25 2.24
gnome-shell (3.28.2) 3.24.3 3.24.1 --
gnucash (3.1-1) -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.41) -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.00beta2
gtk+ (3.22.30) 3.22.18 3.22.12 3.18.9
httpd (2.4.33) -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.3) -- -- --
k3b (18.04.1) -- -- --
kmod (25) 24 17 17
krita (4.0.3)      
libreoffice (6.0.4) 5.4.0 5.3.2 --
linux (4.16.11) 4.12.7 4.9.22 4.8.2
Package 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- -- --
mariadb (10.2.15) -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.1) 1.18.0 1.18.0 --
mesa (18.1.0) 17.1.6 17.0.4 12.1.0
mysql (8.0.11) -- -- --
nautilus (3.28.1) 3.24.2 3.24.0 3.20.3
NVIDIA (390.48) 384.59 375.39 370.28
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- --
openjdk (10.0.1) -- -- --
openssh (7.7p1) 7.5p1 7.5p1 7.3p1
openssl (1.1.0h) 1.0.2l 1.0.2k 1.0.2j
perl (5.26.2) 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.22.1
php (7.2.5) -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.12.5) -- -- --
postfix (3.3.1) -- -- --
postgresql (10.4) -- -- --
Python (3.6.5) 2.7.13 2.7.13 2.7.12
qt (5.10.1) 5.9.1 5.6.2 5.6.1
samba (4.8.2) 4.6.6 4.3.13 4.3.11
systemd (238) 218 218 218
thunderbird (52.8.0) 52.2.1 52.0.1 45.4.0
vim (8.1) -- -- --
vlc (3.0.2) 2.2.6 2.2.4 2.2.4
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- --
xorg-server (1.20.0) 1.18.4 1.18.4 1.18.4

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Version: 3
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-05-22
Votes: 1


J'étais sous ubutu à mes débuts et je voulais changer de système pour découvrir autre chose. Solus Budgie est excellent et paramétrable à souhait.
L'ouverture des logiciels est rapide, amusez vous à faire un test sur Gimp ou Inkscape et vous serez agréablement surpris.
Je connais peu de distribution et je ne me permettrais pas de dénigrer les autres mais il est clair que je vais mettre aussi ma fille sur Budgie pour sa rentrée en 6eme.
Excellent système pour débutant.



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Version: 3
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-05-20
Votes: 0


I like Solus Linux for many reasons.
The Budgie and Mate work environment, in my opinion, are the biggest reasons to love Solus. But I like this Linux Distro because it offers a modern, intuitive and non-intrusive environment. Solus, unlike most Linux distributions, is not based on any other distribution. Solus is written from scratch and has its own package management system and software repository (eopkg).
I love Solus 3. But some people need humor (fortune | cowsay) and the latest software packages and support. Maybe at the moment, this is not so good on Solus. The software repository is not great but everything it has works very well. Solus is not all that wonderful ... I think that the package manager needs to evolve, but Solus is my primary operating system and has everything I need.


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Version: 3
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-05-20
Votes: 3


I use SolusOS 3.0 Gnome for 10 months, but I found recently that the spell checker does not work, because the words that are right in French ARE ALWAYS underlined in Red ???
On the other hand, I do not understand why there are more than fifty languages when I only use FRANCAIS ?????
For the rest, ie the essential, I think this OS has a future ...
Greetings from North Africa -------


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