Solus Operating System Beta 2

Solus Operating System Beta 2
The Solus Project team are pleased to announce the immediate availability of Solus Operating System Beta 2. This release is available for 64-bit systems, and is now available for EFI machines.

This release is the first new ISO since our project rebrand, and marks many technological changes. We’ve switched to HTTPS-only software repositories and implemented delta updates with highly compressed packages for quick, safe and bandwidth-friendly software management. Driver management is now available for NVIDIA users, and AMD driver management will feature in the coming weeks.

We’d like to thank the core development and artwork team, and the community at large, for the fantastic work they’ve put in and support they’ve given our project since the last release. There’s been an awful lot of work to do since the project rename, however this has served to strengthen the project over all.

Due to time constraints and technical challenges encountered due to a full project rebrand, certain items have been deferred for the coming weeks, as opposed to the beta2 release. Instead of rushing them we want to ensure they are fully tested and meet our quality requirements. As such, multilib support will land in the repository after this release, as well as partition management in the installer and VPN connection support in the OS. These features are in active development, but we feel there is no need to rush these components to sacrifice quality.


To install Solus, please select ‘Install OS’ from the menu. This can be activated using the Windows key, and then simply begin typing to search. We recommend a minimum 1GB of RAM, and 10GB of disk space for a viable installation that will cover your needs. The operating system requires at least 4GB of disk space by itself, the rest is to allow future expansion. Please adjust as appropriate to your needs.


  • Linux 4.0.3
  • GNOME Stack 3.16.3
  • Budgie Desktop 8.2
  • Firefox 38.0.1
  • UEFI support (boot and installation)
  • NVIDIA proprietary driver support ( – users simply install ‘nvidia-glx-driver’ from System/X.Org Drivers in Software Center
  • Switched to Solus-specific artwork, EvoPop.
  • X.Org 1.17.1 + Mesa 10.5.3
  • Completed rebrand.


  • All new packages developed for the Solus Operating System now use the ypkg format. Nearly 20% of our repository is now using the format.
  • Switch to HTTPS-only software sources
  • Buildbot based build system using efficient hardlink-centric repository management, with automatic deltas.
  • Repo-wide ABI freeze in place prior to RC1 path.
  • Long-standing Budgie performance and usability bugs addressed relating to X11 grab/focus cycles. Keybindings now work correctly across the board. Reduced memory footprint.
  • VirtualBox and Qemu now using the modesetting driver
  • 551 package repository commits: 1326 files changed, 53700 insertions(+), 34616 deletions

Note on Virtualization:

Please note that whilst virtualisation solutions such as VirtualBox or Qemu can indeed be useful for preliminary testing of Solus, they will suffer greatly degraded performance in comparison to a hardware install. This is because Solus is optimised for real hardware usage, and doesn’t cut corners or accomadate for virtual scenarios. As such the desktop itself requires 3D acceleration, which has been commonplace for a long time. Whilst running Solus in a virtual environment it will rely on software (CPU) rendering, as such you will see high CPU usage and degraded performance. This is in no way an indicator of performance on real hardware.

Note on UEFI installation

As the partition management didn’t land in this particular installer revision, there are certain steps you should be aware of to install Solus on a UEFI machine. Solus requires an EFI System Partition to be either present or created during install, and will only recognise an FAT or FAT32 partition on a GPT disk, with the ‘boot’ flag set, as a valid EFI System Partition. This can be achieved via the gparted tool, by creating a new FAT32 partition of size 512MB, and using the ‘Manage flags’ right click option to enable the ‘boot’ flag. After adding your system user in the installer you will be prompted for a location to install the gummiboot boot loader. You will only have the option to select an EFI System Partition here, and it is highly recommended you choose to install the bootloader.


  • Ensure a 512MB FAT32 partition with ‘boot’ flag exists on GPT disk (ESP)
  • Select this partition to install boot loader to in System page
  • Ensure you activate the option to install the boot loader.

Solus will co-exist with other operating systems using UEFI, and will not add the boot loader to the firmware.


Obtaining Solus Operating System

Solus Operating System is distributed 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. Solus Operating System 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. Mohammad Reza Hajianpour
    May 18, 2015 00:15

    Thank you for your efforts.

  2. 刘学强
    May 18, 2015 04:00

    看着外观不错 要是再加入一些炫的效果就好了。再加入一些默认软件比如播放器、skype、teamviewer这类常用软件免得别人再装就非常完美了。因为大部分人都嫌安装费事。

    • May 18, 2015 22:04

      All of those sound like bad ideas.

      • 刘学强
        May 19, 2015 01:38

        thx!Do you have a facebook account? I have added your friends.

        • Gildevan Silva dos Santos
          July 31, 2015 14:57

          What about Broadcom Wireless drivers? My Sony Vaio laptop coundn’t run it with wireless.

    • Justin Zobel
      May 22, 2015 23:44

      We don’t want Dazzle, if you want that grab your generic Ubuntu and whack on compiz. We have a default player for video (vlc), images (eye of gnome) and music (rhythmbox), pdf (evince). Skype will be added when we have 32bit library support and Teamviewer we can look at.

  3. Jared Jamiatun
    May 18, 2015 04:06

    Thanks everyone at Solus Project, you’re awesome!

  4. Dimitris Dafalias™
    May 18, 2015 10:24

    I see only Beta 1.1 in the download section…

    • Justin Zobel
      May 22, 2015 23:42

      Ctrl F5 or clear your cache. It’s certainly there.

  5. bumkailashkumar
    May 18, 2015 10:49

    this is the operating system that i want very good please improve it as i tried it when i open vlc about you will find that there is no option to close it and second problem is that it is not supporting my huwaei mobile broadband while ubuntu does so please look in this as i need internet connection through my mobile broadband to use this beautifull os

  6. Ari Torres
    May 18, 2015 11:57

    and how do we add a printer in the beta2?

    • Justin Zobel
      May 22, 2015 23:37

      We’re still finalising CUPS to support printers in Solus, once it’s available we’ll let you know via G+ and a blog post.

  7. May 18, 2015 21:50

    Anything special needed to be done to install on EFI boot? I can not for the life of me figure it out.

  8. May 18, 2015 21:53

    So I boot the live media in EFI mode, go through the install, find know way to set a fat32 partition to be the /boot/efi, and in the final step when it asks whether to install the bootloader or not I get an empty drop down list.

    • ikeydoherty
      May 18, 2015 21:59

      @karzzon:disqus I didn’t say to set /boot/efi anywhere 🙂 The last step does that for you. You need to set the FAT32 partition as bootable. Right click it, manage flags, check boot. This is done in gparted. This has to be done on a GPT disk. I’ve explained this all above, check it again for reference 🙂

  9. Stian Furu Øverbye
    May 19, 2015 12:32

    Wayland support; how’s it going?

    • ikeydoherty
      May 20, 2015 18:03

      Solus won’t switch to Wayland until proprietary drivers have full support

  10. Andrew Nielsen
    May 19, 2015 13:39

    Well done bro….cheers 🙂

  11. Andrew Nielsen
    May 19, 2015 18:07

    Still have issues with it loading to a black screen…..Nvidia NVS 120 uses Legacy driver 304.125….don’t think you have that in there….you’re using 346, which will not allow my UI desktop to load correctly…just FYI

    • Andrew Nielsen
      May 20, 2015 22:10

      Ok…..typing from inside Solus Beta2…..what I did at boot, was edit the boot string and type “nomodeset” at the end of it…..loaded right into the desktop.

      Question (as I am having issues with other OS’s/distro’s), what can I expect if I install this on my laptop:

      Dell Latitude D820/Intel Core2 Duo 2.33Ghz/4GB Crucial/320GB WD HDD/Nvidia Quadro NVS 120M 256MB/Intel-Pro Wireless 4965AGN

      • Justin Zobel
        May 22, 2015 23:36

        We’re looking at adding legacy card support at some stage. The process of identifying legacy cards has begun.

  12. Nasser Mansouri
    May 20, 2015 17:22

    will be SOLUS new ubuntu in linux desktop? i wish it be, it is very good looking and promising one, good job guys,

    • ikeydoherty
      June 24, 2015 13:34

      We’re here to provide, not compete :] (Well. Not *completely* :P)

  13. derekdickerson
    May 20, 2015 18:02

    lost me at scratch then “bugs addressed relating to X11”

  14. Manu Munky
    May 20, 2015 21:05

    What happen to Evolve OS name? has this changed to Solus

  15. liberodark
    May 21, 2015 02:52

    Have add steam ?

    • Justin Zobel
      May 22, 2015 23:35

      Not just yet, this will be available in the very near future.

  16. Taylor Wall
    May 22, 2015 01:59

    Getting ready to try this new beta version out. Looks great and I expect many more amazing changes in the future from you guys, good luck!

  17. Jon Valentine
    May 22, 2015 02:43

    Is this going to be compatible with Ubuntu or Debian software repositories as I doma lot of amateur radio, astronomy, GPS, and stuff like that.

    • Justin Zobel
      May 22, 2015 23:34

      Solus is not compatible with Ubuntu/Debian repositories as it is completely built from scratch. If the applications you use are available from source then you can build them on Solus or package them up so they can be included in a repository.

  18. SYMBiO
    May 22, 2015 17:55

    It’s awesome!! Thank You!

  19. anon
    May 23, 2015 06:09

    tried to install budgie-desktop-git using arch on my pentium 4 3.2 GHz, 2GB RAM and nvidia fx5200 using nouveau, no luck sadly. The desktop flashes for one second and then it returns to the DM.

    Looks promising. I tested the solus beta2 on a VM in my i7 laptop using virtual box and everything seemed to work, but still a few bugs: sometimes the scroll on the main menu won’t work if using the scroll bar manually (it does work with the mouse scroll wheel ). On some menus, when a scroll bar is present, it has an offset to the left that ticks my autism.

    Anyway, nice work.

    • ikeydoherty
      June 24, 2015 13:34

      Hi. Unfortunately we can’t control issues on other distributions. Please make a report on the budgie-desktop GitHub project page :]

  20. Daniel
    May 25, 2015 17:10

    Is a great job, i hope that this project will great, is a beauty desktop but with a great kernel

  21. SirDigby
    May 28, 2015 01:52

    If your are going to use the 4.0.4 kernel, how are you going to pull off AMD driver support in the near decade? Why did I have to be such a fan boy and switch to a AMD graphics card. I just what to play a little TF2 and some cities skylines.

    • ikeydoherty
      June 24, 2015 13:33

      Confused.. ? We went to 4.1.0.. We didn’t stick to the kernel :]

  22. aang zike
    June 06, 2015 15:26

    how can burn the beta2 on usb …… if some one know please do not hesitate

    • ikeydoherty
      June 24, 2015 13:33

      Windows, use rufus. Linux, use dd :]

  23. Rein van der Woerd
    June 11, 2015 10:11

    I’m having trouble with the installer.
    The installer can’t detect my netbook’s hard drive. Only the installer usb is detected.
    Neither does the GParted in the installer.
    When I launch Gparted from the terminal, it does detect the hard drive.
    Any help is much appreciated.

    • ikeydoherty
      June 24, 2015 13:33

      You have a partition table, etc? The installer only shows partitions created via the partitioner, not empty space, etc

      • Rein van der Woerd
        June 24, 2015 13:38

        The partitioner in the installer doesn’t detect my “hard drive” at all. I say “hard drive” because my netbook only has a 32gb sd card. Could this be a problem?


  24. Jesus
    June 16, 2015 17:45

    Thanks a lot for your work.

  25. Tommaso
    June 24, 2015 12:43

    just installed the Beta2 on real hardware and everything seems fine except I can’t find/install the “xset” command wich I need to enable the “Scroll Lock” on my crappy led keyboard.

  26. jason
    August 05, 2015 16:36

    tried the recent daily os and beta installing to usb flash drive on elementary os using unbetbootin…and none work…once i click the option to start the operating system..just lines of errors… meh

  27. August 25, 2015 08:45

    N1!!! OS
    -Great GUI
    -More Exciting

  28. asd
    September 16, 2015 12:13

    china update internetspeed is so slow

  29. Emilio Aldao
    September 20, 2015 21:48

    Great OS but i dont understand anythings, dont have skype in software center, in desktop can’t put the program icons, the programs uploaded of software center i cant pin to panel. Dont have a simply usb format aplication, the wireless icon fail, is small and grey, with black wallpapers i can’t see the icon, and a few details more but in general great system. Sorry for my bad english im spanish.

  30. guest
    October 24, 2015 04:03

    why not .deb support ?

    • Joshua Strobl
      October 25, 2015 18:50

      Solus is not based on Debian nor uses a package manager that handles .deb files. Solus uses eopkg (built upon and vastly forked from pisi) and uses the .eopkg format.

    • Justin Zobel
      October 28, 2015 20:45

      Because we’re not based on Debian. We build Solus from scratch to build a clean, fast OS from the ground up.

  31. Anass
    December 02, 2015 05:17

    Hey! would it be possible to install Solus alongside ubuntu ? thanks!!

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