Solus distro — New Kid on the block

As the support for apricity OS was stopped with immediate effect which i was using on my test machine I wanted to try out a new distro which is not a fork of any other distro and i was struck with Solus distro.

It has support for community supported GNOME, MATE desktop environment and a self developed one Budgie. I downloaded the budgie desktop environment image and installed it. The installation was very simple and gives you many options.

Below is a screenshot of the distro.

Kernel version


For installing/upgrading/removing  packages we need to use the eopkg tool provided by the distro. It has a lot of options and also it is simple to use.

Below is the command which i used to install vim in that machine.

kasi@kasi ~ $ vi
bash: vi: command not found
kasi@kasi ~ $ sudo eopkg install vim
Safety switch forces the upgrade of following packages:
Following packages will be installed:
glibc ruby vim
Total size of package(s): 23.18 MB
There are extra packages due to dependencies. Do you want to continue? (yes/no)
There are extra packages due to dependencies. Do you want to continue? (yes/no)yes
Downloading 1 / 3
Package glibc found in repository Solus
glibc-2.25-44-1-x86_64.eopkg (10.4 MB)100% 1.35 MB/s [00:00:00] [complete]
Downloading 2 / 3
Package ruby found in repository Solus
ruby-2.2.6-8-1-x86_64.eopkg (6.5 MB)100% 1.32 MB/s [00:00:01] [complete]
Downloading 3 / 3
Package vim found in repository Solus
vim-8.0.0683-71-1-x86_64.eopkg (6.3 MB)100% 2.56 MB/s [00:00:00] [complete]
Installing 1 / 3
glibc-2.25-44-1-x86_64.eopkg [cached]
Installing glibc, version 2.25, release 44
Upgrading to new distribution release
Running pre removal operations for glibc
Running post removal operations for glibc
Extracting the files of glibc
Configuring glibc package
Configured glibc
Upgraded glibc
Installing 2 / 3
ruby-2.2.6-8-1-x86_64.eopkg [cached]
Installing ruby, version 2.2.6, release 8
Extracting the files of ruby
Configuring ruby package
Configured ruby
Installed ruby
Installing 3 / 3
vim-8.0.0683-71-1-x86_64.eopkg [cached]
Installing vim, version 8.0.0683, release 71
Extracting the files of vim
Configuring vim package
Configured vim
Installed vim
kasi@kasi ~ $

It uses systemd service manager to manage the services running on the machine. For example, to start the ssh service we can use the systemctl command as below:

kasi@kasi ~ $ sudo systemctl start sshd

It is offered as a rolling release so no need to worry about the updates.

I have been running this distro for the past 15 to 20 days without reboots or any stability issues. So thumbs up for that.

Overall a very good stable release from the solus team.


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