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SolusOS 1
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2 25701 12-20-2012
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Description: "I am pleased to announce the final release of SolusOS 'Eveline' 32-bit edition. All issues have now been corrected and installing from a live USB stick is now possible, via dd or UNetbootin. SolusOS is based on Debian 'stable' and features recent applications, multimedia and will automatically install proprietary graphics drivers if you wish. Brief overview of software versions: Firefox 12.0, Thunderbird 12.0.1, LibreOffice, Linux kernel 3.0.0 (with BFS, PAE, preempt), GNOME 2.30, OpenShot 1.4.2, Nautilus Elementary, PlayOnLinux 4.0.18, VLC 2.0.1, FirstRunWizard 0.8. Many new applications are available in the software repository."
Keywords: Debian-based kernel-3.0.0 GNOME LibreOffice Firefox Thunderbird

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Old 05-16-2012, 05:55 PM   #1
Registered: Jul 2006
Distribution: CentOS, Xubuntu
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8

Pros: Stable software, attractive desktop, useful extras
Cons: No guide to installation

As a derivative of Debian, Solus is competing with Mint, Ubuntu, Mepis, and SalineOS, among others. Unlike these, it uses Gnome 2 and is committed to Gnome 3 in 2013, although with the fall-back mode customised to look and feel more like Gnome 2. It recommends 512MB RAM, although it could easily run in 384.

The weak point in this distro is installer, or rather the lack of instructions for using it. Firstly, you need to know about the need to create partitions. When you’ve done that, you need to right-click on a listed partition to assign a mount point; I only discovered this by experimenting. There is also no built-in facility for encrypting /home.

Once Solus is installed, things are much better. It comes with Firefox, Thunderbird, Pidgin, Gnupaint, LibreOffice, Openshot video editor, Rhythmbox, Totem, VLC, Gnome-mplayer, Wine, and PlayOnLinux (for playing Windows games). I haven’t tested the last, but all the others were bug-free except Totem. The media codecs are provided and Gnome-mplayer played everything perfectly, even the “mp4 from hell”. Flash is installed in Firefox. Gnome 2 starts with only one panel and a custom menu that is more like Gnome 3, although the normal one is available. Software can be added with Synaptic or GPK; the first is faster, the second easier. Unlike most Debian derivatives, there’s a tool (from Fedora) to select a sound device, so my USB speakers worked. Another nice touch is the “open as administrator” option in the file manager.

This is probably not for the beginner, but if you want a Debian derivative with Gnome, it’s a very good product.
Old 12-20-2012, 11:15 AM   #2
Registered: May 2011
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 5

Pros: feels good to use
Cons: only one choice of desktop

It seems like a nice distro to use, and everything will work with a little bit of coaxing. In the driving seat, it compares quite well with other Debian releases, and I would certainly recommend it as an alternative to any of them. One thing not yet in its favour, is its lack of track record i.e. it is a comparatively new distribution and it will need lots of backing to compete with the likes of Ubuntu, Debian and the others. That said, it has made a pretty good start.


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