Mozilla Thunderbird Mail and News
OpenShot Video Editor
PulseAudio Volume Control
PulseAudio Volume Meter
PulseAudio Volume Mixer
VLC Media Player
Linux Software Management Tools in SolusOS 1.2
There are two main ways to manage software applications in SolusOS 1.2, GNOME Package Manager (gpk-application) and Synaptic. Neither is as elegant as other solutions such as Linux Mint’s Software Manager or Ubuntu’s Software Center, but they are functional and they get the job done.
To access them, click the Menu button and then click on Control Center. You’ll also find the Software Updates tool there.
Problems & Headaches Found in SolusOS 1.2
SolusOS 1.2 ran very well for me, I didn’t notice any overt bugs or other headaches.
However, I do find the need for manual disk partitioning to be a bit disturbing. If SolusOS is going to appeal to newer linux users then I think the developers will have to use an easier and more intuitive install routine. This is not a huge problem, but it’s definitely something worth considering in future releases.
One of the other things I noticed about SolusOS 1.2 is how the multimedia apps menu has a large selection of applications. But the other application categories seem a bit lacking. For example, GIMP is not included as a bundled application. This seems odd since there are so many choices available in the multimedia apps category. I wonder why the SolusOS developers decided to be sparse in other categories.
Where To Get Help for SolusOS 1.2
If you’re having problems, please post your questions in the comments below or register for the DLR forum. Other readers might be able to assist you. You might also want to check out the SolusOS forum, wiki and IRC.
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Final Thoughts About SolusOS 1.2
SolusOS 1.2 is a fine start for a new linux distro, I enjoyed using it. There’s quite a bit to like in this release including the following:
Bundled multimedia codecs
SolusOS 1.2 is probably best suited for intermediate and advanced linux users. I hesitate to recommend it to beginners because of the manual disk partitioning, but if you’re new and want to try it out then go for it.
SolusOS 1.2 is also a live distro, so you can boot it off of a disc to check it out without having to do a full install onto your hard disk.