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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.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 7 (1,016), 6 months: 9 (725), 3 months: 10 (626), 4 weeks: 10 (590), 1 week: 14 (419)

Average visitor rating: 8.57/10 from 310 review(s).


Solus Summary
Distribution Solus
Home Page https://getsol.us/
Mailing Lists --
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:
 •2018-09-21 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
 •2017-06-13 Ikey Doherty to work on Solus full-time
 •2017-05-23 Solus packaging KDE
 • 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 (1.1.7) 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 (9.13.3) -- -- --
chromium (70.0.3538.67) -- -- --
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 (62.0.3) 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 (3.30.1) 3.24.3 3.24.1 --
gnucash (3.3) -- -- --
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 (2.4.35) -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.3) -- -- --
k3b (18.08.2) -- -- --
kmod (25) 24 17 17
krita (4.1.5)      
libreoffice (6.1.2) 5.4.0 5.3.2 --
linux (4.18.16) 4.12.7 4.9.22 4.8.2
Package 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- -- --
mariadb (10.3.10) -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.3) 1.18.0 1.18.0 --
mesa (18.2.3) 17.1.6 17.0.4 12.1.0
mysql (8.0.12) -- -- --
nautilus (3.30.2) 3.24.2 3.24.0 3.20.3
NVIDIA (410.66) 384.59 375.39 370.28
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- --
openjdk (10.0.2) -- -- --
openssh (7.9p1) 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 (7.2.11) -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.14.1) -- -- --
postfix (3.3.1) -- -- --
postgresql (11.0) -- -- --
Python (3.7.0) 2.7.13 2.7.13 2.7.12
qt (5.11.2) 5.9.1 5.6.2 5.6.1
samba (4.9.1) 4.6.6 4.3.13 4.3.11
systemd (239) 218 218 218
thunderbird (60.2.1) 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 (1.20.2) 1.18.4 1.18.4 1.18.4

Reader Ratings
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Average rating
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Version: 3
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-10-20
Votes: 0


Amazing speeds and lack of bloatware.
The only reason that I didn't give it a 10 is that it is missing some packages such as libgconf2-4.


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Version: 3
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-10-19
Votes: 0


Really good in general but have a few things not working for me. Ill probably skip for now and return when the next update is available.
PS Great distro for linux newcomers and people that want something easily usable.


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Version: 3
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-10-17
Votes: 16


Even if you install the 3.999 ISO refresh, install every update separately, system updates, restart, security upd, restart, package specific upd, restart, if you pass the update olympics, that's it, you've made it.
Running Budgie on an AMD R1600, 16 gigs of ram, and a 3rd gen mobile Core i3 with 4 gigs, both run beautifully, never had issues on both of these machines, DE related or distro related.
If you want a distro that has up to date packages, is easy to install, easy to mantain, and responsive, even on it's heaviest flavour, Solus is for you. Check first with the live OS that the important packages that you need are in the repo, if they are, welcome to Solus!


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