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Old 11-16-2017, 07:09 AM   #1
beachboy2
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A New Rolling Distro-Solus 3


The great appeal of a Linux rolling distribution is that it only needs installing once, followed by software updates.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rollin...stributions.29

Solus 3 is a true-rolling distribution and is currently sitting at #6 in the Distrowatch charts.

Solus 3 is only available in 64 bit form and with 3 different desktops (Budgie, Gnome and MATE):
https://solus-project.com/solus/experiences/

Installation is pretty straightforward, but those with nvidia graphics will need to add the nomodeset option to GRUB.

It is also a good idea to pre-partition the hard drive using Gparted, especially if a separate home partition is needed.
For this, choose the last option, “Assign mount points…..” (see attached screenshot).

Solus:
https://solus-project.com/home/

About:
https://solus-project.com/solus/about/

Download:
https://solus-project.com/download/

Help Center:
https://solus-project.com/help-center/home/

Reviews:
https://www.linux.com/learn/intro-to...ormance-budgie

https://ruclip.com/video/LntmUS7YpLI...iting-for.html

http://zaclip.com/play-clip-solus-3-...psd_O1EI4.html

This review is for the previous version, SolusOS:
http://zaclip.com/play-clip-why-i-ha...d_-yAg8VA.html

Updates (Required, Security & Other) are usually dealt with via the Software Center (see screenshot), but these can also be done via Terminal:

Code:
sudo eopkg upgrade
Likewise, new software can be added via the command line as opposed to the Software Center using:

Code:
sudo eopkg install packagename
Available Third Party applications can be obtained at:
https://solus-project.com/articles/s...hird-party/en/

I am currently using Solus 3 MATE on a spare desktop PC without any problems.
I am very pleased with Solus 3 and it may even replace my existing Linux Mint MATE in the future.
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Old 11-16-2017, 07:22 PM   #2
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Hi

sorry to distract from your straight forward assessment of
Quote:
I am currently using Solus 3 MATE on a spare desktop PC without any problems
as a number of members may have windows 8 or 10 machines can you look at the reviews from DW page
in particular for an older review

https://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/...17-review.html

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But on a UEFI platform, it seems hopeless
and or release 3....on a similar theme the comments section
https://www.cmscritic.com/solus-budg...ast-and-slick/

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Solus 3 MATE would not install on my Lenovo Thinkpad T61. It erased the
disk and then bombed

##############################

these suggest to me.....their documentation is in need of a re-work OR they have not resolved UEFI issues .

care to comment?

or at least say what did you have before Solus 3 eg normal bios or secure booting turned off
GPT then whatever

I appreciate you have a screenshot of "Assign mount points"

(declared interest) I am using MX-16 so would not have replied if I had not spotted your signature!

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Old 11-16-2017, 09:04 PM   #3
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I have used Solus in a VM. I have no intention of replacing any of my regular distros, but I can say that it is a nice job of work.

The maintainer appears on the Late Night Linux podcast.

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Old 11-16-2017, 09:42 PM   #4
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aus9,

Thanks for your comments.

I also have Solus 3 MATE installed on an IBM T60 and its installation went without a hitch.
I have no idea why the other user had problems on a similar T61.

Dedoimedo’s review was for the earlier version SolusOS, not the latest Solus 3.

English Bob did a review on the previous SolusOS MATE:
http://zaclip.com/play-clip-why-i-ha...d_-yAg8VA.html
and praised it highly.

As a matter of interest I contacted Dedoimedo recently and he may do a review of Solus 3 in due course.

With regard to UEFI, I can only suggest referring to:

(i) https://solus-project.com/articles/i...tion/disks/en/

(ii) https://solus-project.com/articles/t...ion-issues/en/

or raising this point on the Solus Forums:
https://solus-project.com/forums/

I use a Legacy BIOS.

Just to add that one of the Solus developers, Justin, is a fellow Aussie:
https://solus-project.com/forums/mem...ewprofile&u=59

Last edited by beachboy2; 11-17-2017 at 03:23 AM.
 
  


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