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Solus

Last Update: 2018-11-16 02:52 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 (906), 6 months: 9 (746), 3 months: 8 (870), 4 weeks: 8 (889), 1 week: 9 (909)

Average visitor rating: 8.59/10 from 337 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:
 •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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  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.
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Feature 3.9999 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
Release Date 2018-09-20 2017-08-15 2017-04-18 2016-10-19
End Of Life        
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1100-1200 1100-1200    
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop 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) eopkg (pisi fork)
Release Model Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice --
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems        
Multilingual        
Asian Language Support        
Full Package List 3.9999 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
Package 3.9999 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.8) 1.1.5 1.1.4.1 1.1.3 1.1.1
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- --
bash (5.0) 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.3
bind (9.13.5) -- -- -- --
chromium (71.0.3578.98) -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.10) 2.2.8 2.2.3 2.2.3 2.1.0
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.3.2 4.3.2 4.3.2
e2fsprogs (1.44.5) 1.44.4 1.43.4 1.43.4 1.42.13
firefox (64.0.2) 62.0 55.0.1 52.0.2 49.0.1
freetype (2.9.1) 2.8 2.8 2.7 2.6.1
gcc (8.2.0) -- -- -- --
gimp (2.10.8) -- -- -- --
glibc (2.28) 2.27 2.25 2.25 2.24
gnome-shell (3.30.2) 3.28.3 3.24.3 3.24.1 --
gnucash (3.4) -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.44) -- -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.00beta2
gtk+ (3.24.3) 3.22.30 3.22.18 3.22.12 3.18.9
httpd (2.4.37) -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.3) -- -- -- --
k3b (18.12.1) -- -- -- --
kmod (25) 25 24 17 17
krita (4.1.7) -- -- 3.1.0 --
libreoffice (6.1.4) 6.1.0 5.4.0 5.3.2 --
linux (4.20.3) 4.18.5 4.12.7 4.9.22 4.8.2
Package 3.9999 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.3.12) -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.4) 1.20.3 1.18.0 1.18.0 --
mesa (18.3.1) 18.1.6 17.1.6 17.0.4 12.1.0
mysql (8.0.13) -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.30.5) 3.26.4 3.24.2 3.24.0 3.20.3
NVIDIA (415.27) 390.87 384.59 375.39 370.28
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- --
openjdk (11.0.1) -- -- -- --
openssh (7.9p1) 7.7p1 7.5p1 7.5p1 7.3p1
openssl (1.1.1a) 1.0.2p 1.0.2l 1.0.2k 1.0.2j
perl (5.28.1) 5.26.2 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.22.1
php (7.3.1) -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.14.5) -- -- -- --
postfix (3.3.2) -- -- -- --
postgresql (11.1) 10.5 -- -- --
Python (3.7.2) 2.7.15 2.7.13 2.7.13 2.7.12
qt (5.12.0) 5.11.1 5.9.1 5.6.2 5.6.1
samba (4.9.4) 4.7.9 4.6.6 4.3.13 4.3.11
systemd (240) 239 218 218 218
thunderbird (60.4.0) 60.0 52.2.1 52.0.1 45.4.0
vim (8.1) -- -- -- --
vlc (3.0.6) 3.0.3 2.2.6 2.2.4 2.2.4
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.20.3) 1.19.6 1.18.4 1.18.4 1.18.4

Reader Ratings
Reader supplied reviews for Solus

Average rating
8.6
from 337 review(s)



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Version: 3.9999
Rating: 7
Date: 2019-01-16
Votes: 0


Running for 1+ years now and honestly there's no point in using it anymore.
Pros:
-Has somewhat obscure software that you wont find on Debian
Cons:
-Missing everything else. No, seriously, the devs are stubborn as hell when it comes to allowing software. Don't use this distro if you don't want to use ANYTHING else other than a web browser and steam. I recommend Arch instead


Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 3.9999
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-01-15
Votes: 3


By far the fastest und most hassle-free distro I have tried. I know it is a small dev. team but for now I will stick with Solus as my daily driver. It has been rock stable so far and not let me down.

- Installation was a breeze
- Bungie is my absolute favourite desktop
- beautiful looks oob
- all the important apps I need
- flatpack works fine
- boot up time is just insanely fast

Good job and keep up the good work Solus!


Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 3.9999
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-01-11
Votes: 6


I used several distro's during my time as a linux user like debian, openSUSE etc. but Solus is probably the first distro I never had major issues I had to fix.

It's well documented and supported, lightweight, has some really cool features, especially if you pair it with Budgie. I also like how packaking is done in Solus and they are not only encouraging ppl to participate, the give them the tools to do so and to learn it easily.

The community is small, but that's an advantage in my experience. Better then bloated like ubuntu, debian or openSUSE. Everything is up to date until now if you are looking for something.


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