Solus Version 1.2.1 Brings Mate Desktop

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Yesterday, the developers behind the Solus Project announced the release of version 1.2.1 Shannon. It might not sound like a big release,

Last Traditional Release

Back in July, it was announced that Solus was switching to a rolling release schedule. This latest release will be the last time that Solus will use a point release. All subsequent ISOs with follow the snapshot model.

This means that instead of ISOs containing the latest major released, they will be built using the latest stable development snapshot. In essence, it means that you will have to do less updating once you have installed from a new ISO.

New MATE Edition

Previous Solus only have one desktop environment, it’s own Budgie, which it uses the GNOME stack. However, with the release of 1.2.1, a MATE edition is now available. In an effort to bring you the latest and greatest, the Solus MATE edition runs MATE 1.16 built using GTK3.

The team behind Solus has gone to great efforts to integrate MATE seamlessly into Solus. Their goal is to provide the Solus experience on lower powered systems that may not have the power to run Budgie.

Other Changes

This new release also includes a number of smaller changes. The installer now has the option to use Logical Volume Manager (LVM) and encrypt your system via LUKS. From now on, each time you open the Software Center, it will automatically receive the latest index of the repository.

Budgie has also received some love. Budgie 10.2.8 now comes with IBUS support to enable multi-lingual input. Both the on-screen displays and several applets have been improved.

You can find a full list of changes on the Solus blog.

Download Solus’ latest ISO and give it a spin. You can download them directive from the Solus website or use a torrent.

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