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Solus

Last Update: 2019-04-11 06:22 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: 8.62/10 from 402 review(s).


Solus Summary
Distribution Solus
Home Page https://getsol.us/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://discuss.getsol.us/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://getsol.us/help-center/home/
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Screencasts
Download Mirrors https://getsol.us/download/LinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker https://dev.getsol.us/maniphest/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 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 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
 • More Solus releases...

  Headlines:
 •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
 •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
 • More Solus headlines...

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Feature 4.0 3.9999 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
Release Date 2019-03-17 2018-09-20 2017-08-15 2017-04-18 2016-10-19
End Of Life          
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1400-1500 1400-1500 1100-1200    
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Budgie, GNOME, MATE 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), Snap Flatpak, eopkg (pisi fork) eopkg (pisi fork)
Release Model Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice --
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems          
Multilingual Yes        
Asian Language Support Yes        
Full Package List 4.0 3.9999 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
Package 4.0 3.9999 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.9) 1.1.5 1.1.5 1.1.4.1 1.1.3 1.1.1
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- -- --
bash (5.0) 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.3
bind (9.15.0) -- -- -- -- --
chromium (74.0.3729.157) -- -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.11) 2.2.8 2.2.8 2.2.3 2.2.3 2.1.0
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.3.2 4.3.2 4.3.2
e2fsprogs (1.45.1) 1.44.6 1.44.4 1.43.4 1.43.4 1.42.13
firefox (66.0.5) 65.0.1 62.0 55.0.1 52.0.2 49.0.1
freetype (2.10.0) 2.8 2.8 2.8 2.7 2.6.1
gcc (9.1.0) -- -- -- -- --
gimp (2.10.10) -- -- -- -- --
glibc (2.29) 2.29 2.27 2.25 2.25 2.24
gnome-shell (3.32.2) 3.28.3 3.28.3 3.24.3 3.24.1 --
gnucash (3.5) -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.44) -- -- -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.00beta2
gtk (3.24.8) 3.22.30 3.22.30 3.22.18 3.22.12 3.18.9
httpd (2.4.39) -- -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.4) -- -- -- -- --
k3b (19.04.1) -- -- -- -- --
kmod (26) 25 25 24 17 17
krita (4.1.8) -- -- -- 3.1.0 --
libreoffice (6.2.3) 6.2.1 6.1.0 5.4.0 5.3.2 --
linux (5.1.3) 4.20.16 4.18.5 4.12.7 4.9.22 4.8.2
Package 4.0 3.9999 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
lxpanel (0.10.0) -- -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.3.14) -- -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.22.0) 1.20.4 1.20.3 1.18.0 1.18.0 --
mesa (19.0.4) 19.0.0 18.1.6 17.1.6 17.0.4 12.1.0
mysql (8.0.16) -- -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.32.1) 3.26.4 3.26.4 3.24.2 3.24.0 3.20.3
NVIDIA (430.14) 418.43 390.87 384.59 375.39 370.28
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- --
openjdk (12.0.1) -- -- -- -- --
openssh (8.0p1) 7.7p1 7.7p1 7.5p1 7.5p1 7.3p1
openssl (1.1.1b) 1.0.2r 1.0.2p 1.0.2l 1.0.2k 1.0.2j
perl (5.28.2) 5.28.1 5.26.2 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.22.1
php (7.3.5) -- -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.15.5) -- -- -- -- --
postfix (3.4.5) -- -- -- -- --
postgresql (11.3) -- 10.5 -- -- --
Python (3.7.3) 2.7.16 2.7.15 2.7.13 2.7.13 2.7.12
qt (5.12.3) 5.12.1 5.11.1 5.9.1 5.6.2 5.6.1
samba (4.10.3) 4.8.8 4.7.9 4.6.6 4.3.13 4.3.11
systemd (242) 239 239 218 218 218
thunderbird (60.7.0) 60.5.2 60.0 52.2.1 52.0.1 45.4.0
vim (8.1) -- -- -- -- --
vlc (3.0.6) 3.0.6 3.0.3 2.2.6 2.2.4 2.2.4
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.20.4) 1.20.3 1.19.6 1.18.4 1.18.4 1.18.4

Reader Ratings
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Average rating
8.6
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Version: 4.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-05-19
Votes: 0


Great indipendent distro, fast and stable.
Budgie is best compromise among all DE
Fresh air in Linux world
Thank you Solus :-)


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Version: 4.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-05-15
Votes: 5


I like Solus because of it's:

Pros:
-> Super Stability
-> Rolling Release
-> Very active support
-> Quick Bug fixing
-> Active Forum
-> **Fastest Boot & Shut Down
-> Performance Remain Same Over time
-> Don't Break whole system (which I faced on - `Ubuntu`, `Linux Mint`, `Manjaro`)
-> Very Straight Forward Documentations

Cons:
-> Less Software Support ( many third party software's are not available directly)
-> Even Some updates remain buggy in Stable Repo (though they are fixed very quickly, still it suffers)
-> Less Desktop Environment support
-> Not noob friendly ( solutions can't be found easily )


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Version: 4.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-05-15
Votes: 3


I started using Solus 3.9999 at the end Jan. 2019 or beginning of Feb. 2019 I stumbled on to Solus by chance. I had been looking for a solution to MS Win 10 on a laptop due to problems caused by Microsoft updates which made the laptop unusable when it would roll back to the new Win 10 updates.
A friend suggested using Linux Mint or Linux to cure the old laptops problems ....... thought why not try it I have nothing to lose since the laptop is inoperable not like it can make it any worse. After trying a bunch of others suggested "Best Ever" , I tried Solus it did everything I had hoped and ran the 2 games I could not get to work on any other OS I had tried.
Since then I have not found anything Solus is not or can not do as good or better then any MS Win I had ever used since Win 95 to Win 10. With the best part being there is never going to be a need to Buy an End User License from Microsoft ever again.

If you are coming from Windows OS give Solus a try you will be surprised at how easy and how well it is to install and use.


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