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.
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.