Solus Beta 1.1 Released

Solus Beta 1.1 Released
The Solus Project team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Solus Operating System Beta 1.1. This release focused on stability and bringing the core systems up to scratch. Please note that as this is an update to Solus Operating System Beta 1 (Quality Cycle), changes that are intended for beta2 will not be present (such as UEFI support). Also note Solus is only available as a 64-bit system.



Core Changes

Solus has had several core parts updated, including, but not limited to:

  • Linux kernel 3.19.1
  • GCC 4.9.2
  • Clang/LLVM 3.5.0
  • systemd 218

Many Solus packages are now being built with Clang by default, and as such we have begun to reduce the overall footprint of the system. A live booted Solus Beta 1.1 (via USB) will use around 185-190MB of RAM idle on a Thinkpad X1 Carbon, and boots in 2.318s on an Intel NUC (D54250WYK) installation.


Issues resolved

Unfortunately with our last ISO some users were unable to boot due to a conflict regarding USB3. This has since been resolved, and is a result of the xhci module split in Linux 3.18. As such we have rigorously tested all recent ISOs in a variety of boot configurations, and we are now 100% confident that Solus boots on USB3.

Many bugs present within the Budgie Desktop itself have also been resolved, such as clean log outs. Performance and stability issues have been addressed across the board, and changes for usability too. Users will now notice they are no longer required to enter any passwords on the Solus Beta 1.1 image, which will make simple tasks such as connecting to the WiFi, simple again. We also have full multimedia key support within Budgie, as well as many fixes to ensure Qt and Java applications behave in a native and consistent fashion.

Many more packages have entered the repos, and are entering daily. We revamped our build process, and have switched to a YAML based file format (ypkg) to describe package builds, with an overlayfs-powered chroot builder to greatly speed up our development processes. During this Quality Cycle the repository has seen over 300 commits in a concerted effort to stabilise and improve our core system.

Users please note that the Evolve OS Software Center is currently in its infancy. LibreOffice is available, and VLC is preinstalled with full codec support. The re-categorisation of the software center will make many hidden packages visible, but this will come throughout the week via updates. Simply typing “libreoffice” into the search bar of Evolve OS Software Center will reveal these packages.

Graphical issues suffered on some Intel chipsets have also been resolved through updates to the graphics driver, and as such resolve visual artefacts often seen with window shadows.


Issues remaining

Firefox (36.0.1) is known to crash on certain systems when opening a new tab. This is currently being worked on and an update will be issued during the week.

The installer has no accessible shortcut directly on the Budgie Panel. For now you may search for “install os” in the Budgie Menu (invoke it using the “Window key”)


Obtaining Evolve OS

Solus Operating System is distribute as an “ISO” file. This is a raw disc image that can either be burned to a CD or DVD, and then booted like any other system. It is also installable, but we caution you that this is a beta system, thus not best suited for production environments. Optical media is much slower than USB drives, as such we recommend you write the image to one of these instead. Evolve OS is incompatible with unetbootin, so we would advise you to use Rufus on Windows, or if you are comfortable using Linux already, dd. Various solutions for Linux exist, please check with your own distribution first for their recommended method that peforms an image write, and not a file copy/extract.

Now visit our Download page to grab your copy of Solus. We hope you enjoy, and look forward to your feedback! Use the community links at the top of this webpage to contact us either by IRC, or through our forums.


  1. micloudmail
    March 16, 2015 09:50

    I’ll check it out. Thanks, Ikey.

  2. March 16, 2015 14:21

    Hi, I just found you. I like the design that is very similar to Chomium OS. I am going to try!

  3. Danny Rodriguez
    March 16, 2015 21:42

    Already downloaded gonna try as soon as get home from work. Thanks.

  4. Tony Duckett
    March 16, 2015 22:09

    I have just tested your OS out and man is it fast with very low ram consumption when idle it was only using 148mb and after some use it barely reached 300mb and the boot time was really quick also on my computer
    HP Pavilion 500
    Intel Core i3-4150
    Intel HD 4400 Integrated Graphics
    8gb ram
    2TB HDD
    I really like the minimalistic design of the desktop its very “Chrome” ish which I like I can see great potential with your OS and I cant wait to see what else you guys have in store for the OS and how it evolves a very good OS.

  5. Greg Zeng
    March 17, 2015 02:43

    Hopefully it’s ok with USB3 & Unetbootin, on both Linux & Win8.1 — downloading now.
    Proudly stating “open source”, means that like Debian, RedHat, Fedora, … we need to add, if we can, our own copyright codecs, if we can.

    The comments on Softpedia was a repeat of your press releases.

    BSD, RPM, DEB, ARCH, compiled from source, ???
    Enlightenment, GNOME, KDE, UNITY, Cinnamon, MATE, LXDE, XFCE, ???

    Linux has many one-person distros. Is this also one of them??

    Read all comments from “users” who claim to have successfully (?) installed it. Seems they don’t know the answers to my above questions.

    Hopefully it might be better than the latest Bodhi distro … beautiful, but limited apps, & extremely steep learning curve.

    • ikeydoherty
      March 17, 2015 02:49

      I’ve said on this very page that Unetbootin doesnot work, so please do not try to use it.
      This isn’t a press release, this is a project releaseannouncement.

      “Proudly stating open source” – because this is an open source project. It doesn’t mean we restrict the ability of anyone to *use* non-free components. The released ISO has many codecs preinstalled. I think you are confused in your understanding of the term “open source”. Our project is open source and transparent.

      BSD is not related to Linux. I’m.. not sure what the question is here. Evolve OS is built from scratch (independent Linux distribution) using eopkg, as clearly stated in many places (and on /about)

      We use our own desktop, Budgie, as also stated. Other desktops are not and will not be available.

      1 or 50, what does it matter..?

      I’m unsure what you mean about users *claiming* to have installed Evolve OS – they clearly have, and you haven’t asked them any questions so how would you know if they knew the answer to your question?

      • Greg Zeng
        March 17, 2015 07:57

        Budgie is a desktop environment ?
        | claims to include “Linu×”, & also BSD, but not Android. When we launch a new distro with a poor self- description, it could be BSD, Source-code, or Some other unusual version of Unix.
        evolveos is one such very poorly self- described distro. It really has upstream origins, but refuses to disclose to ”foreigners” what its upstream origins are, Generally these umbrella sites ( Distro watch, Softpedia, etc ) dislike using keyword descriptors to try to label the items they try to catalog, Fear of pidgeonholing, or cataloging, or self -cataloging is very common unfortunately,

        • ikeydoherty
          March 17, 2015 12:49

          DistroWatch has nothing to do with me. The details you ask about are on this very page (it even says Linux kernel) and, as well as the front page.

          As I’ve said already we’re an independent Linux distribution. We’re not based on another distro and there is nothing else to disclose.

          Please do not pass the blame on to Evolve OS when you clearly have not made the effort to read.

        • erinis
          March 17, 2015 18:52

          I don’t quit understand your comments but have a hunch ? Have used and followed evolveos since day one and so far it’s awesome. Having used Linux for a long long time your comment simply baffles me and yes a little research and reading might answer your quarries and confusion. Try it out first and then decide. Go for it. Thanks

        • Mario A. Vazquez
          March 17, 2015 20:11

          No idea either, but the Distrowatch description is pretty clear to me.

          Build from scratch = not being based in other distributions like Debian, Fedora, SuSe, Arc, etc, etc = Independent. Again, description is pretty clear to me.

  6. Charlotte
    March 17, 2015 03:17

    Hey System is cool but I’m tired of Microsoft Windows style I want how to make it look like Mac OS

    • ikeydoherty
      March 17, 2015 17:33

      Tbh it looks more like Chrome than Windows. You could probably achieve that via theming.

  7. Charlotte
    March 17, 2015 04:02

    @admin 32bit computer can install it ?

    • ikeydoherty
      March 17, 2015 17:33

      Per the first paragraph, this is only available for 64-bit computers, sorry.

  8. Hans Huijgen
    March 18, 2015 08:26

    I can confirm that it works on Asus vivo (touch doesn’t work though).

    Are the Pisi packages from pisilinux compatible with your forked pisi?

  9. joder666
    March 21, 2015 08:43

    Any chance you change the default file manager for nemo or a least provide it as an alternative. I am liking evolve so far, bungie as well, like it better than cinnamon to some degree, but one of the main reasons i stay away from gnome desktop or most distros using it, is that Nautilus is too constrained with no apparent need for it to be like that, windows “explorer” is way better imo.

  10. Charlotte
    March 22, 2015 04:45

    Evolve the terminals of the OS command and Ubuntu is not the same, I’m sorry I have been in the use of Ubuntu doesn’t adapt to Evolve OS where should I find Evolve OS command assistance

  11. jaws2221 .
    March 22, 2015 19:01

    1.1 is truly a gem! Looks and feels good and super-easy to navigate. It boots up in virtualbox in about ten seconds too. Can’t wait for the first release!

  12. Juan S. Camargo Visbal
    March 27, 2015 02:18

    I am really liking it.

    My only suggestion is the symbolics, really. The icons in the launcher could really be improved.

  13. thisara kasun
    May 04, 2015 06:27

    Congratz ikey, that’s gonna be awesome!

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