SolusOS 1.2

SolusOS is a new Debian-based distro that uses the GNOME 2.3 desktop. SolusOS comes with such core applications as Firefox, VLC, and LibreOffice. It’s a relatively easy way to get both Debian and a GNOME 2 desktop in one, convenient package.

Here’s the official description from the SolusOS site:

SolusOS is a Linux Distribution based on Debian Stable. It’s an operating system for your computer, that provides the base system that allows you to do things like listen to music, browse the internet and create documents. It does so by being based on Debian, which is a GNU/Linux distribution

SolusOS uses the GNOME 2.30 Desktop Environment, providing you with a traditional desktop.

What’s New in SolusOS 1.2

Since this is pretty much version one of SolusOS, there really isn’t a what’s new list available. Here’s a list of reasons on why you might want to use SolusOS from the SolusOS site:

SolusOS inherits much of its stability from it’s Debian Stable base. On top of that, we keep core user applications, such as Firefox, VLC, etc, up to date as much as we can. To ease the use of SolusOS many codecs are preinstalled allowing MP3 & DVD playback, Flash Player support. Please check whether you can use these codecs in your country before downloading SolusOS.

Lightweight system. A 32-bit installation of SolusOS only uses around 130MB of RAM when idle
Responsive. We make many optimisations to the underlying system and kernel to ensure it operates with minimal lag
Ease of use. SolusOS includes support for a variety of hardware and multimedia formats
Constant developments. We’re always developing new software to keep the SolusOS experience as fresh and friendly as possible
Future stability: We’re already developing a replacement desktop to fit in with the ethos and behaviour of GNOME 2.3, to ensure the same (but improved) experience in future releases
Stable. SolusOS Eveline is based on Debian Stable, ensuring you have no worries with system crashes and unexpected behaviour from new bugs
Up to date. We use a combination of stability and new core user software like the web browser, firmware and drivers to maximise the SolusOS experience.

SolusOS 1.2 Boot Menu
SolusOS 1.2 Boot Menu

System Requirements for SolusOS 1.2

Here’s what you’ll need to run this distro:

Disk Space 4GB 8GB
RAM 256MB 512MB
Processor 1.3GHz 1.8GHz

SolusOS 1.2 Download

You can download SolusOS 1.2 from this page. The file I downloaded weighed in at 1.04 GB. Since SolusOS 1.2 is based on Debian, you might want to check out some books about Debian.

If you’re a distrohopper then you might want to try it in a virtual machine via VirtualBoxVMWare, or Parallels before running it on real hardware.

You can download SolusOS 1.2 in 32-bit, 32-bit with PAE or 64-bit versions. I used the 32-bit version for this review.

SolusOS 1.2 Installation

The install was relatively easy, but did require some disk partitioning. Overall, it took about 20 minutes or so for the install to complete.

SolusOS 1.2 Install 1
SolusOS 1.2 Install 1


SolusOS 1.2 Install 2
SolusOS 1.2 Install 2


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14 thoughts on “SolusOS 1.2

  1. Hello All
    I’ve Linux hopped for years. I now have multiple PC’s, most have Solus1.2 – love it.
    Now 1.2 support is terminated I’ve tried two iso’s of 2.0 and can’t get them to boot. Both give a dracut prompt.
    What am I doing wrong?

  2. Great operating system still! Just keep the classic version of GNOME alive. If you came over as an old Sun Solaris user from work you can appreciate this system and desktop. Just can’t get VMWARE 9.1 Workstation to install, also can’t seem to remove installed packages using Synaptic. This could become the No. 1 business workstation replacement for Winblows, also needs to include Apache’s Open Office! Thanks and will contribute in the future……………

  3. I have been using SolusOS for a while and I enjoy it very much. Several newer versions are underway and I am looking forward to them

  4. There is an obvious question: What are the striking functional differences between Solus, once installed, and Debian Stable w/backports once installed? It seems to me that with an appropriate selection of software in each case we wind up in the same place. If I am right about that what is the compelling case for Solus?

  5. very nice review. SolusOS is a nice distro at the moment, but it has a
    problem: The main defveloper has announced that he is planning to leave
    the Debian package management system, and they are going to use the former parsix
    package system when solusOS 2 is relaesed. I think that the Debian’s and
    its derivatives’s strongest point is precisely their fantastic package
    system and their huge repos, so i think that changing the package mamagement system is a great mistake.

    1. My understanding is that all of the packages in the Debian repositories are going to be automatically repackaged for the pisi system. That way we get all the good stuff from Debian as well as a better package manager.

  6. very nice review. SolusOS is a nice distro at the moment, but it has a problem: The main defveloper has announced that he is to leave planning the Debian package system, and they are going to use the former parsix package system when solusOS is relaesed. I think that the Debian’s and its derivatives’s strongest point is precisely thier fantastic package system and their huge repos.

  7. I gave this software a quick try when it was first released. Because it was based on the Debian Stable packaging, contained an aging release of GNOME, and was an early release, though it was reasonably solid, it did not have a lot of personal appeal because I have several other distributions that are either directly built from Debian or use Debian archives for the source. I had no problems with this system; it just did not scratch any personal interests, so I did not explore it for very long.

    For my own personal tastes, I prefer SimplyMEPIS when I want to run a straight, simple, stable Debian derivative. I prefer antiX when I’m running Debian Testing software, and I prefer Debian Sid, siduction, or antiX core when I’m using Debian Sid software.

  8. Hi Jim,

    nice review. As SolusOS 1.2 was released on the 17th of August 2012, there have been some developments in the meantime. Installer has been taken care of and improvements have been made. Due problems in providing EFI support version 1.3 has been delayed, but should arrive in not so distant future. Yesterday there was an announcement that Netflix, LOVEFiLM and RedBox would be now running on SolusOS ( So SolusOS 1.3 should even be more exciting.

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