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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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Solus Summary
Distribution Solus
Home Page https://getsol.us/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2024-01-09: Distribution Release: Solus 4.5
 • 2023-07-08: Distribution Release: Solus 4.4
 • 2021-07-11: Distribution Release: Solus 4.3
 • 2021-02-03: Distribution Release: Solus 4.2
 • 2020-01-25: Distribution Release: Solus 4.1
 • 2019-03-18: Distribution Release: Solus 4.0
 • 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
 • 2016-06-20: Distribution Release: Solus 1.2
 • More Solus releases...

 • 2023-04-18 Solus team planning a come-back
 • 2023-02-13 Solus project status updates
 • 2021-09-14 Solus to replace GTK in Budgie desktop
 • 2019-10-03 Solus updates supported desktops
 • 2019-03-21 Budgie 10.5 shipped with Solus 4.0
 • 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
 • More Solus headlines...

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Feature 4.5 4.4 4.3 4.1 4.0 3.9999 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1 Feature
Release Date 2024-01-09 2023-07-08 2021-07-11 2020-01-25 2019-03-17 2018-09-20 2017-08-15 2017-04-18 2016-10-19 Release Date
End Of Life                   End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 2200-2600 2200-2600 1800-2100 1600-1900 1400-1500 1400-1500 1100-1200     Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Installation
Default Desktop Budgie, GNOME, KDE Plasma, Xfce Budgie, GNOME, KDE Plasma, MATE Budgie, GNOME, KDE Plasma, MATE Budgie, GNOME, KDE Plasma, MATE Budgie, GNOME, MATE Budgie, GNOME, MATE Budgie, GNOME, MATE Budgie, GNOME, MATE Budgie, MATE Default Desktop
Package Management Flatpak, eopkg (pisi fork), Snap Flatpak, eopkg (pisi fork), Snap Flatpak, eopkg (pisi fork), Snap Flatpak, eopkg (pisi fork), Snap Flatpak, eopkg (pisi fork), Snap Flatpak, eopkg (pisi fork), Snap Flatpak, eopkg (pisi fork), Snap Flatpak, eopkg (pisi fork) eopkg (pisi fork) Package Management
Release Model Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Release Model
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice -- Office Suite
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 Processor Architecture
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd Init Software
Journaled File Systems                   Journaled File Systems
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes         Multilingual
Asian Language Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes         Asian Language Support
Full Package List 4.5 4.4 4.3 4.1 4.0 3.9999 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1 Full Package List
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Version: 4.5
Rating: 10
Date: 2024-05-30
Votes: 40

Excellent distro, I used it several years ago I had read that it was inactive but I tried the version 4.5 with GNOME, it became my only system for the day to day it is fast, starting the installation was simple and fast, about I have not had problems with anything, besides eopkg works great, the resource consumption is very acceptable, it has less than 800 packages installed. And any other software you can find in Snap or Flatpak. Quite a success this distro I recommend it.

I will use the XFCE version on another computer to see if I get the same experience on a computer with fewer resources, I hope that I can get the same results in the same way.

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Version: 4.5
Rating: 7
Date: 2024-05-07
Votes: 1

After reading the DistroWatch review of Solus 4.4 I thought it looked interesting and tried it out on a spare hard drive on my system. Settled on the Plasma desktop and was having a great time. Copied all my files over to it from Linux Mint 21.3 thinking this may be a serious competitor in case I need a change. Then 4.5 came along and at first there were no issues, but it is, after all, a rolling release and an update trashed all of my personal settings, widgets up to including including my taskbar and left me starting from scratch to get something usable. I was not pleased. I'll leave it on that drive and check in on it occasionally, but as a daily driver I have severe reservations.

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Version: 4.5
Rating: 9
Date: 2024-05-01
Votes: 12

I used Solus with Budgie for 3 years now. I could not change now, I love it (have used: mac OS (9 to 10.5, closed), windows (awful), ubuntu (not as nice look and speed), ubuntu budgie (interface pitfalls), redhat (not as intuitive), ElementaryOS (missing stability)).

- Very fast
- Nice look and customization with budgie
- Very responsive community (when you have a problem, you have an answer in one day max in my experience).
- Ergonomic
- Note: the budgie integration is really perfect: for those having tried ubuntu budgie, it is really another world (I really hate ubuntu budgie experience mainly because of focus lose when selecting an area with the mouse in ubuntu, also for problems with overlaps of budgie menus badly handled: this is not the case in Solus budgie).
- updates every week
- (working on a old 2009 intel macbook, starting in 3 sec with a ssd)
- eopkg with an easy way to check and reinstall broken packages (once in 3 years)
- very nice/open minded community
- direct recognition of a wacom graphical tablet

- missing slurm scheduler

In 3 years, I had only twice a black screen with white blinking cursor when rebooting: solved thanks to the community in less than 3 hours each time: the last problem is now 2 years old

I really love the interface, some examples:
- you can activate a vpn just checking a box in the menu interface
- you can configure stop button to access directly to suspend, restart, lock, logout when you usually need 3 confirmations in many other distro
- direct access in the toolbar to:
- screenshot,
- cafein
- sound output selection volume (keyboard shortcuts recognized out of the box too for a logitech G)
- stop button
- CPU RAM overview
- calendar
- the apply shortcut you want
- steam integration

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