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Solus

Last Update: 2017-08-26 01:22 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: 8.84/10 from 193 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/
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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:
 • 2017-08-15: 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
 • 2015-01-26: Development Release: Evolve OS Beta 1
 • More Solus releases...

  Headlines:
 •2017-11-01 Wayland and snapd coming to Solus 4
 •2017-10-16 Solus upgrades key packages
 •2017-08-14 Solus supports Snap packages
 •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
 • More Solus headlines...

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Feature 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
Release Date 2017-08-15 2017-04-18 2016-10-19
End Of Life      
Price (US$) Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1145-1181    
Free Download ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Budgie, GNOME, MATE Budgie, GNOME, MATE Budgie, MATE
Package Management Flatpak, eopkg (pisi fork), Snap Flatpak, eopkg (pisi fork) eopkg (pisi fork)
Release Model Rolling Rolling Rolling
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice --
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems      
Multilingual      
Asian Language Support      
Full Package List 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
Package 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.5) 1.1.4.1 1.1.3 1.1.1
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- --
bash (4.4.12) 4.3 4.3 4.3
bind (9.11.2) -- -- --
chromium (63.0.3239.132) -- -- --
cups (2.2.6) 2.2.3 2.2.3 2.1.0
dhcp (4.3.6) 4.3.2 4.3.2 4.3.2
e2fsprogs (1.43.8) 1.43.4 1.43.4 1.42.13
firefox (57.0.4) 55.0.1 52.0.2 49.0.1
freetype (2.9) 2.8 2.7 2.6.1
gcc (7.2.0) -- -- --
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- --
glibc (2.26) 2.25 2.25 2.24
gnome-shell (3.26.2) 3.24.3 3.24.1 --
gnucash (2.6.19) -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.38) -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.00beta2
gtk+ (3.22.26) 3.22.18 3.22.12 3.18.9
httpd (2.4.29) -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.2) -- -- --
k3b (17.12.1) -- -- --
kmod (25) 24 17 17
libgnome (2.32.1) -- --
libreoffice (5.4.4) 5.4.0 5.3.2 --
linux (4.14.13) 4.12.7 4.9.22 4.8.2
Package 3 2017.04.18.0 1.2.1
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- --
mariadb (10.2.12) -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.18.0 1.18.0 --
mesa (17.3.2) 17.1.6 17.0.4 12.1.0
mysql (5.7.21) -- -- --
nautilus (3.26.2) 3.24.2 3.24.0 3.20.3
NVIDIA (387.22) 384.59 375.39 370.28
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- --
openjdk (8u151) -- -- --
openssh (7.6p1) 7.5p1 7.5p1 7.3p1
openssl (1.1.0g) 1.0.2l 1.0.2k 1.0.2j
perl (5.26.1) 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.22.1
php (7.2.1) -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.11.5) -- -- --
postfix (3.2.4) -- -- --
postgresql (10.1) -- -- --
Python (3.6.4) 2.7.13 2.7.13 2.7.12
qt (5.10.0) 5.9.1 5.6.2 5.6.1
samba (4.7.4) 4.6.6 4.3.13 4.3.11
systemd (236) 218 218 218
thunderbird (52.5.2) 52.2.1 52.0.1 45.4.0
vim (8.0) -- -- --
vlc (2.2.8) 2.2.6 2.2.4 2.2.4
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- --
xorg-server (1.19.6) 1.18.4 1.18.4 1.18.4

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Version: 3
Rating: 7
Date: 2018-01-16
Votes: 0


installed cleanly, no major problems except for one. I can't hear anything out of my audio jack, and dual booting into windows makes it work fine, so i dont know whats up with it.


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Version: 3
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-01-14
Votes: 4


This is the best Linux Distro I've ever used I've tried all 3 versions of it and used them all extensively. I've tried Ubuntu, Debian, Gentoo, Fedora, Arch among others and this is the best of the lot. The software centre is a good way to find the software you want and new software. Any software not available can probably be found as a snap package and be downloaded from the terminal. The performance I've seen on Solus cannot be matched on any other OS, and with Linux Steam Integration, gaming has never been any better on Linux. 10/10 I will never be able to use another distro after using Solus!


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Version: 3
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-01-13
Votes: 2


Solus provide brilliant user experience. Budgie fast and simple to use. It will save a lot of RAM for you.
Solus use fresh version of packages, same time it is very stable distro. No complaints at all!

Special attention on Steam, all games work very well.


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