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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.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 7 (1,071), 6 months: 7 (1,119), 3 months: 7 (1,086), 4 weeks: 8 (1,175), 1 week: 9 (1,148)

Average visitor rating: 8.59/10 from 477 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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Bug Tracker https://dev.getsol.us/maniphest/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with 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:
 •2019-10-03 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
 •2018-05-23 Budgie returns to Solus
 •2018-03-09 Solus redesigns Software Centre
 •2018-02-15 Solus to offer optional Wayland session
 • More Solus headlines...

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  • Notes: In case where multiple versions of a package are shipped with a distribution, only the default version appears in the table. For indication about the GNOME version, please check the "nautilus" and "gnome-shell" packages. The Apache web server is listed as "httpd" and the Linux kernel is listed as "linux". The KDE desktop is represented by the "plasma-desktop" package and the Xfce desktop by the "xfdesktop" package.
  • 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 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 (1.2.1.1) 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 (9.15.6) -- -- -- -- --
chromium (78.0.3904.108) -- -- -- -- --
cups (2.3.0) 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 (1.45.4) 1.44.6 1.44.4 1.43.4 1.43.4 1.42.13
firefox (70.0.1) 65.0.1 62.0 55.0.1 52.0.2 49.0.1
freetype (2.10.1) 2.8 2.8 2.8 2.7 2.6.1
gcc (9.2.0) -- -- -- -- --
gimp (2.10.14) -- -- -- -- --
glibc (2.30) 2.29 2.27 2.25 2.25 2.24
gnome-shell (3.34.1) 3.28.3 3.28.3 3.24.3 3.24.1 --
gnucash (3.7) -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.46) -- -- -- -- --
grub (2.04) 2.02 2.02 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.00beta2
gtk (3.24.12) 3.22.30 3.22.30 3.22.18 3.22.12 3.18.9
httpd (2.4.41) -- -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.4) -- -- -- -- --
k3b (19.08.3) -- -- -- -- --
kmod (26) 25 25 24 17 17
krita (4.2.7.1) -- -- -- 3.1.0 --
libreoffice (6.3.3) 6.2.1 6.1.0 5.4.0 5.3.2 --
linux (5.3.12) 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 (10.4.10) -- -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.22.2) 1.20.4 1.20.3 1.18.0 1.18.0 --
mesa (19.2.6) 19.0.0 18.1.6 17.1.6 17.0.4 12.1.0
mysql (8.0.18) -- -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.34.2) 3.26.4 3.26.4 3.24.2 3.24.0 3.20.3
NVIDIA (440.31) 418.43 390.87 384.59 375.39 370.28
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- --
openjdk (13) -- -- -- -- --
openssh (8.1p1) 7.7p1 7.7p1 7.5p1 7.5p1 7.3p1
openssl (1.1.1d) 1.0.2r 1.0.2p 1.0.2l 1.0.2k 1.0.2j
perl (5.30.1) 5.28.1 5.26.2 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.22.1
php (7.3.12) -- -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.17.3) -- -- -- -- --
postfix (3.4.7) -- -- -- -- --
postgresql (12.1) -- 10.5 -- -- --
Python (3.8.0) 2.7.16 2.7.15 2.7.13 2.7.13 2.7.12
qt (5.13.2) 5.12.1 5.11.1 5.9.1 5.6.2 5.6.1
samba (4.11.2) 4.8.8 4.7.9 4.6.6 4.3.13 4.3.11
systemd (243) 239 239 218 218 218
thunderbird (68.2.2) 60.5.2 60.0 52.2.1 52.0.1 45.4.0
vim (8.1) -- -- -- -- --
vlc (3.0.8) 3.0.6 3.0.3 2.2.6 2.2.4 2.2.4
xfdesktop (4.14.1) -- -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.20.5) 1.20.3 1.19.6 1.18.4 1.18.4 1.18.4

Reader Ratings
Reader supplied reviews for Solus

Average rating
8.6
from 477 review(s)



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Version: 4.0
Rating: 4
Date: 2019-11-19
Votes: 1


I use Solus on a daily basis with 3 clients (2 Laptops, one Fat Client).

pros:
- Fast package management
- Modern design
- fast and snappy

Cons:
- lack of Support: little Community, poor documentation, suggestion for improvement will be closed in a harsh manner ("WON'T FIX")
- freezing update process: Download stalls at times, whole progress needs to be killed and restarted to move on
- slow development: New packages (e.g. powertop), or security fixes won't be a availble in the repos quickly (1-3 days delay after publishes cves)
- lack of BTRFS-support
- freezing Desktop at times for no reason (journalctl tells you.....nothing)
- too few packages in the repo
- shorter range of supported hardware compared to the big distros like Debian, Ubuntu, openSUSE
- current iso-files needs definately an update

Conclusio:
After a year of daily using solus I'll sail on to another distro. Solus is fast and snappy but has a lot of disadvantages that makes it not as solid and secure as it seems.


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Version: 4.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-11-18
Votes: 1


If you are looking for a distribution that has a modern feel, run's fast and minimal this is it! I am so impressed with this distribution. It has ended my hopping.

So far this year I have installed Ubuntu, Ubuntu Mate, MX Linux (18.3 & 19), Linux Mint, OpenSUSE, Fedora & Arch-Linux.

I had given up on distro hopping after installing Arch but then I came across Solus... (I got tired of configuring Arch-Linux.. Just reminded me of the days of installing RH from CD-Rom and compiling everything). The live USB started up so fast and the install was a breeze. After logging in for the first time I was just blown away at the speed of this desktop. The only issue I have run into is my Broadcom wireless driver didn't take hold... (Only Ubuntu / MX Linux has utilized it immediately after install). Of course, I expected this and with some patience had that sorted quickly.

Thank you so much to the team at Solus! I really appreciate the effort you have put into this perfect distro.



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Version: 4.0
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-11-11
Votes: 8


Great Distro. Hassle free Installation. Budgie is a real joy, no frills, fast, no bloat. Had some trouble with extensions but everything else just works.

Pros:
- blazingly fast
- no bloat
- uptodate
- Budgie is beautiful and functional

Cons:
- ISO refresh needed!


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