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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.

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Average visitor rating: 8.95/10 from 79 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 DistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
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:
 • 2017-04-18: 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:
 •2017-06-13 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
 •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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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 (1.1.4.1) 1.1.3 1.1.1
ati-driver (16.40) -- --
bash (4.4) 4.3 4.3
bind (9.11.1-P3) -- --
chromium (60.0.3112.78) -- --
cups (2.2.4) 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 (54.0.1) 52.0.2 49.0.1
freetype (2.8) 2.7 2.6.1
gcc (7.1.0) -- --
gimp (2.8.22) -- --
glibc (2.25) 2.25 2.24
gnome-shell (3.24.3) 3.24.1 --
gnucash (2.6.17) -- --
gnumeric (1.12.35) -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02beta2 2.00beta2
gtk+ (3.22.17) 3.22.12 3.18.9
httpd (2.4.27) -- --
inkscape (0.92.1) -- --
k3b (17.04.3) -- --
kmod (24) 17 17
libgnome (2.32.1) -- --
libreoffice (5.3.4) 5.3.2 --
linux (4.12.3) 4.9.22 4.8.2
Package 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- --
mariadb (10.2.7) -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.18.0 --
mesa (17.1.5) 17.0.4 12.1.0
mysql (5.7.19) -- --
nautilus (3.24.2.1) 3.24.0 3.20.3
NVIDIA (381.22) 375.39 370.28
openbox (3.6.1) -- --
openjdk (8u141) -- --
openssh (7.5p1) 7.5p1 7.3p1
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.0.2k 1.0.2j
perl (5.26.0) 5.24.1 5.22.1
php (7.1.7) -- --
plasma-desktop (5.10.4) -- --
postfix (3.2.2) -- --
postgresql (9.6.3) -- --
Python (3.6.2) 2.7.13 2.7.12
qt (5.9.1) 5.6.2 5.6.1
samba (4.6.6) 4.3.13 4.3.11
systemd (234) 218 218
thunderbird (52.2.1) 52.0.1 45.4.0
vim (8.0) -- --
vlc (2.2.6) 2.2.4 2.2.4
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- --
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.18.4 1.18.4

Reader Ratings
Reader supplied reviews for Solus

Average rating
8.9
from 79 review(s)



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Version: 2017.04.18.0
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-07-24
Votes: 2


I've been using Solus as a daily driver now for ~8 month.

It has a pretty quick pace in term of continued development, and it works great. There were some issues lately, but they always got the fixes to the repos within max a week, sometimes just a day. That's pretty fast for a curated rolling release distro.

PROs:
- lightning fast. Never seen a distro being that fast in booting or as responsive while being on the desktop.
- Pretty good software selection, personally I'm not missing anything.
- Devs are very responsive.
- The build system. It takes some time to get used to, but once you understand how it works it's great.
- Very stable.
- They make sane choices (in example: rather downgrade GCC to 6.4 than hitting performance just to use GCC7.

CONs:
- The package inclusion policy is flawed for some corner cases. In example: no release for X month/years does not always make sense, in example for fonts.
- They're still a very small team. Compared to in example Archlinux, it often takes them longer to tackle issues.

Overall, what impresses me most is how fast the distro is moving forward. If they continue like that, I'm sure they'll find their place in the top-tier of distros one day, but I do not feel they're quite there yet.


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Version: 2017.04.18.0
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-07-23
Votes: 1


Installed today. Very simple and quick install. Everything seems to work out of the box. All updates install quickly with no problems. Will update once I've used it for awhile. This will be my primary work computer for dev work.


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Version: 2017.04.18.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-07-23
Votes: 0


Everything work fantastic in my old pc(intel pentium 4 - 32 bit).


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