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Solus

Last Update: 2017-08-26 01:22 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: 8.8/10 from 220 review(s).


Solus Summary
Distribution Solus
Home Page https://solus-project.com/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://solus-project.com/forums/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation https://solus-project.com/help-center/home/https://wiki.solus-project.com/
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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:
 •2018-02-15 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
 •2017-01-25 Budgie desktop to use Qt
 •2017-01-19 Solus adopts Flatpak
 • 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 (1.1.5) 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 (9.12.0) -- -- --
chromium (64.0.3282.167) -- -- --
cups (2.2.6) 2.2.3 2.2.3 2.1.0
dhcp (4.4.0) 4.3.2 4.3.2 4.3.2
e2fsprogs (1.43.9) 1.43.4 1.43.4 1.42.13
firefox (58.0.2) 55.0.1 52.0.2 49.0.1
freetype (2.9) 2.8 2.7 2.6.1
gcc (7.3.0) -- -- --
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- --
glibc (2.27) 2.25 2.25 2.24
gnome-shell (3.26.2) 3.24.3 3.24.1 --
gnucash (2.6.19) -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.38) -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.00beta2
gtk+ (3.22.28) 3.22.18 3.22.12 3.18.9
httpd (2.4.29) -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.2) -- -- --
k3b (17.12.2) -- -- --
kmod (25) 24 17 17
libgnome (2.32.1) -- --
libreoffice (6.0.1) 5.4.0 5.3.2 --
linux (4.15.4) 4.12.7 4.9.22 4.8.2
Package 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- --
mariadb (10.2.13) -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.0) 1.18.0 1.18.0 --
mesa (17.3.5) 17.1.6 17.0.4 12.1.0
mysql (5.7.21) -- -- --
nautilus (3.26.2) 3.24.2 3.24.0 3.20.3
NVIDIA (390.25) 384.59 375.39 370.28
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- --
openjdk (8u161) -- -- --
openssh (7.6p1) 7.5p1 7.5p1 7.3p1
openssl (1.1.0g) 1.0.2l 1.0.2k 1.0.2j
perl (5.26.1) 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.22.1
php (7.2.2) -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.12.1) -- -- --
postfix (3.2.5) -- -- --
postgresql (10.2) -- -- --
Python (3.6.4) 2.7.13 2.7.13 2.7.12
qt (5.10.1) 5.9.1 5.6.2 5.6.1
samba (4.7.5) 4.6.6 4.3.13 4.3.11
systemd (237) 218 218 218
thunderbird (52.6.0) 52.2.1 52.0.1 45.4.0
vim (8.0) -- -- --
vlc (3.0.0) 2.2.6 2.2.4 2.2.4
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- --
xorg-server (1.19.6) 1.18.4 1.18.4 1.18.4

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Version: 3
Rating: 6
Date: 2018-02-19
Votes: 0


lots of software I use is not available on this distro.
many of the items on the menu do nothing.
The desktop is smooth, the menu fast and pretty.
Its not there yet but when it matures it could be very good.
I will look again in a year or two.
Till then its debian rolling and pclinuxos only as the rolling distros that are good enough.


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Version: 3
Rating: 6
Date: 2018-02-19
Votes: 0


Switched from Debian and am quite pleased thus far.

Solus is a bit heavy on resources than some other distros, I'm using the Budgie desktop, and the software selection is pretty minimalist but I am only missing 5 of my essential applications. The other applications are all current versions and work OK. Some apps won't accept the custom settings and revert back to their default settings. Psensor is a good example.

I had a problem with my video not filling the screen but I poked around the settings menu and made some adjustments that helped somewhat but not entirely. I'm still missing about 1/4 of an inch on the top of the screen.

Not bad overall and I hope the upcoming release v4.0 will fix these minor annoyances.


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Version: 3
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-02-19
Votes: 1


Perfect everywhere but in amdgpu driver (in many PCs it is necessary to blacklist amdgpu, otherwise lspci doesn't work).


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