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DistroWatch.com: Solus

Solus

Last Update: 2017-04-18 04:57 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: 14 (610), 6 months: 12 (760), 3 months: 11 (817), 4 weeks: 9 (1,031), 1 week: 11 (966)

Average visitor rating: 9.08/10 from 40 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/
Screenshots LinuxQuestions.orgDistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts LinuxQuestions.org
Download Mirrors https://solus-project.com/download/LinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker https://dev.solus-project.com/
Related Websites  
Reviews 2017.x.x: DistroWatch
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 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:
 •2017-03-06 Solus rolling out improvements
 •2017-01-25 Budgie desktop to use Qt
 •2017-01-19 Solus adopts Flatpak
 •2016-12-13 Solus and Ubuntu MATE create Brisk Menu
 •2016-07-25 Solus embraces rolling release
 •2016-06-23 Solus plans future features
 • 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 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
Release Date 2017-04-18 2016-10-19
End Of Life    
Price (US$) Free Free
CDs 1 DVD 1 DVD
Free Download ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Budgie, GNOME, MATE Budgie, MATE
Package Management eopkg (pisi fork) eopkg (pisi fork)
Office Suite LibreOffice --
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64
Journaled File Systems    
Multilingual    
Asian Language Support    
Full Package List 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
Package 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
abiword (3.0.2) -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.3) 1.1.3 1.1.1
ati-driver (16.40) -- --
bash (4.4) 4.3 4.3
bind (9.11.1) -- --
chromium (58.0.3029.81) -- --
cups (2.2.3) 2.2.3 2.1.0
dhcp (4.3.5) 4.3.2 4.3.2
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.43.4 1.42.13
firefox (53.0) 52.0.2 49.0.1
freetype (2.7.1) 2.7 2.6.1
gcc (6.3.0) -- --
gimp (2.8.20) -- --
glibc (2.25) 2.25 2.24
gnome-shell (3.24.1) 3.24.1 --
gnucash (2.6.16) -- --
gnumeric (1.12.34) -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02beta2 2.00beta2
gtk+ (3.22.12) 3.22.12 3.18.9
httpd (2.4.25) -- --
inkscape (0.92.1) -- --
k3b (17.04.0) -- --
kmod (24) 17 17
libgnome (2.32.1) -- --
libreoffice (5.3.2) 5.3.2 --
linux (4.10.13) 4.9.22 4.8.2
Package 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- --
mariadb (10.1.22) -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.18.0 --
mesa (17.0.5) 17.0.4 12.1.0
mysql (5.7.18) -- --
nautilus (3.24.1) 3.24.0 3.20.3
NVIDIA (378.13) 375.39 370.28
openbox (3.6.1) -- --
openjdk (8u131) -- --
openssh (7.5p1) 7.5p1 7.3p1
openssl (1.1.0e) 1.0.2k 1.0.2j
perl (5.24.1) 5.24.1 5.22.1
php (7.1.4) -- --
plasma-desktop (5.9.5) -- --
postfix (3.2.0) -- --
postgresql (9.6.2) -- --
Python (3.6.1) 2.7.13 2.7.12
qt (5.8.0) 5.6.2 5.6.1
samba (4.6.3) 4.3.13 4.3.11
systemd (233) 218 218
thunderbird (52.0.1) 52.0.1 45.4.0
vim (8.0) -- --
vlc (2.2.4) 2.2.4 2.2.4
xfdesktop (4.12.3) -- --
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.18.4 1.18.4

Reader Ratings
Reader supplied reviews for Solus

Average rating
9.1
from 40 review(s)



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Version: 2017.04.18.0
Rating: 8
Date: 2017-04-28
Votes: 1


Good stable version, to try without problems. The software works very well.


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Version: 1.2.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-04-27
Votes: 0


Very user friendly . Great starter distro and general use distro.[Budgie] only had problems with software centre being slow and erratic on times.. Above average experience using it for media and office. Ideal for Non-Geeks like me. Well done Ikey & Co. Rating : 9 going on to 10 for stress free installation and simplicity. Thanks.


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Version: 2017.04.18.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-04-25
Votes: 5


First Linux experience was Ubuntu 10.04. I hopped around for a couple years and landed with Mint for a couple years then Ubuntu Gnome was home. Gnome Shell just works well for me but w/Ubuntu, especially 17.04, I had constant crashes/errors.

This past weekend I saw Solus offered Gnome (Gnome 3.24, no less) so I grabbed the ISO and took it for a spin. I'm not a wiz at the command line nor am I educated with the "under the hood" stuff. I just wanted a Gnome DE that worked well, was stable, had essentials for every day stuff and could handle my needs. Solus shocked me.

Stable, reliable, nice out-of-the-box looks and, most importantly for those of us needing help, the forum is great.

I do miss having a couple of "go-to" apps available in the repository but it hasn't stopped my ability to do what I need to. I would trade hundreds upon hundreds of available, easily install-able apps for a few dozen solidly tested, easy to install apps on a solid base. Solus does that, in my opinion.

Installation can be tricky but the Help Center on their website has what is needed to avoid pulling ones hair out at 2am trying to figure out what the heck they did wrong writing the image to a USB drive.

Great distro...now on 3 machines, running perfectly and living and playing well with the other 9 devices running osX/iOS in the capacity I need it to.

Keep up the great work Solus.


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