First stable version of Solus Linux is finally released today.
If you remember, I had included Solus in the list of the most beautiful Linux in 2015. Solus was supposed to release the first stable version two months back but it was delayed for Christmas and ultimately, it is released today on 27th December, just short of 2016.
Though I was eager to get my hands on it, I did not mind the delay. After all, it is better to have a rather stable release than a spoiled one with plenty of pending issues. This does not mean Solus 1.0 does not have any issues. There are a few issues which we shall see later, but first let us see the features of Solus Linux.
Solus Linux features
Solus Linux started as the continuation of the discontinued SolusOS. But it is not derived from it. It is built from scratch and a lot of work has been put into it.
Solus also introduces a new GTK based desktop environment Budgie. There is a new package management systems as well.
Some of the main features of the first stable release are:
- A distribution built from scratch
- GTK based Budgie desktop environment
- Raven, an applet, notification and customization center. It resembles to OS X notification center.
- eopkg package management system for installing and removing programs
- Moka icon themes to enhance its looks
- goofiboot for UEFI device (a distribution-agnostic fork of gummiboot)
- Bunch of essential software
Some of the known issues so far in this release are lack of AMD proprietary driver support because of Linux Kernel issue. HP printers are not supported for now, but will be in near future.
If you wish to give it a try, you can download and use the ISO from the link below:
Download Solus Linux
If you find new bugs in your trial, please report them here so that they can be fixed. This is your way of helping Linux :)