The SolusOS 1.2 Desktop
If you’re a GNOME user, then you’ll love the SolusOS 1.2 desktop. It uses GNOME 2.3, so you won’t find the later (and some would say annoying) versions of GNOME. It’s really a traditional desktop environment (or perhaps it would be better called “classic?”)
The desktop is uncluttered, you’ll find just three icons: Computer, Home and Trash.
You can access all applications, system tools, etc. by clicking on the Menu button. Applications are broken down into the usual categories, and you can easily navigate to your Home, Documents, Music, etc. folders. The Control Center is right above the Search box so it’s easy to get to the tools you need to manage your SolusOS 1.2 system.
Linux Software Included in SolusOS 1.2
Here’s a sample of the linux software included in this release.
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.