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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 (1,000), 6 months: 7 (1,097), 3 months: 7 (1,100), 4 weeks: 7 (954), 1 week: 12 (956)

Average visitor rating: 8.58/10 from 457 review(s).


Solus Summary
Distribution Solus
Home Page https://getsol.us/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://discuss.getsol.us/
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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:
 •2019-03-21 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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  • 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 (1.1.9) 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 (9.15.4) -- -- -- -- --
chromium (77.0.3865.90) -- -- -- -- --
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 (1.45.3) 1.44.6 1.44.4 1.43.4 1.43.4 1.42.13
firefox (69.0.1) 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 (2.10.12) -- -- -- -- --
glibc (2.30) 2.29 2.27 2.25 2.25 2.24
gnome-shell (3.34.0) 3.28.3 3.28.3 3.24.3 3.24.1 --
gnucash (3.7) -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.45) -- -- -- -- --
grub (2.04) 2.02 2.02 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.00beta2
gtk (3.24.11) 3.22.30 3.22.30 3.22.18 3.22.12 3.18.9
httpd (2.4.41) -- -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.4) -- -- -- -- --
k3b (19.08.1) -- -- -- -- --
kmod (26) 25 25 24 17 17
krita (4.2.6) -- -- -- 3.1.0 --
libreoffice (6.3.1) 6.2.1 6.1.0 5.4.0 5.3.2 --
linux (5.3) 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 (10.4.8) -- -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.22.2) 1.20.4 1.20.3 1.18.0 1.18.0 --
mesa (19.1.7) 19.0.0 18.1.6 17.1.6 17.0.4 12.1.0
mysql (8.0.17) -- -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.34.0) 3.26.4 3.26.4 3.24.2 3.24.0 3.20.3
NVIDIA (435.21) 418.43 390.87 384.59 375.39 370.28
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- --
openjdk (13) -- -- -- -- --
openssh (8.0p1) 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 (5.30.0) 5.28.1 5.26.2 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.22.1
php (7.3.9) -- -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.16.5) -- -- -- -- --
postfix (3.4.6) -- -- -- -- --
postgresql (11.5) -- 10.5 -- -- --
Python (3.7.4) 2.7.16 2.7.15 2.7.13 2.7.13 2.7.12
qt (5.13.1) 5.12.1 5.11.1 5.9.1 5.6.2 5.6.1
samba (4.11.0) 4.8.8 4.7.9 4.6.6 4.3.13 4.3.11
systemd (243) 239 239 218 218 218
thunderbird (68.1.0) 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

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Version: 4.0
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-09-11
Votes: 3


I have Solus Mate and Solus Budgie full installs on 2 x usb 3.0 64GB sticks and they perform well. I also have a Solus Mate install on a 320GB HDD as a LV install and this works smoothly as well. I have tried many different distros on my test machine that being an HP pro desktop AMD athlon x 2 with 4GB Ram. tried Ubuntu, U Mate, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, LXDE and LXQT, MX Linux, Antix, Manjaro xfce Mint Mate, and Mint xfce, But apart from Antix 17.03 which is very smooth and the beta of antix 19, Solus runs the best by far. Easy to install easy to make changes and the only problem that others have reported as well, is updates getting stuck. Well there is a good work around for that. When alerted of updates install them one group at a time rather than tick all the boxes together and all will be smooth. It even set up trim automatically on my USB installs but that's easy to configure for SSDs via the terminal if you need to. Superb Distro I would recommend it above all the others mentioned above. I would have given it a 10 but nothing is perfect so 9 is about right.


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Version: 4.0
Rating: 7
Date: 2019-09-09
Votes: 1


I really like Solus 4 Mate, but I'll have to uninstall it because I cannot get my HP 1012 Laserjet to work, even with HPLIP installed. In my use, I must have printing capability. I tried the forum, but I could not get any solid assistance. Sorry to leave.


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Version: 4.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-09-07
Votes: 0


Easy,light and fast, modern.
it works almost flawlesly out of the box without any thinkering,
i mom can use it without any problem and without me spending some hours setting it up.


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