SolusOS: A New Star on the Linux Horizon

Sorry for the dramatic title, but I couldn’t resist! I would like to direct you to a new Linux distribution that I think has a bright future ahead of it. It’s SolusOS, a debian-based distro from one of the lead developers of Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE), Ikey Doherty; who has left Mint to create his own dream distro.

Since I’ve used Linux Mint extensively for the last three years, I was quite familiar with the name of Ikey Dougherty. He was often to be found on the Mint Forums, helping out newbies such as myself and experienced Linux users alike. I recently heard he had gone off on his own (adjective, Latin: solus: alone; separate) to make his own ideal, user-friendly rolling-release debian distro. And then I listened to Ikey’s interview on MintCast a couple of weeks ago. After hearing him speak about his dreams and goals for SolusOS, I was totally in love with this project! So if you’ve got a little time, I would highly recommend listening to the MintCast episode HERE.

I’m incredibly impressed with this man’s passion, dedication and hard work (similar, in many ways, to Jeff Hoogland of Bodhi Linux) toward creating a Linux operating system that is stable and easy to use for any level of computer user. I’ve downloaded and tried out SolusOS RC2 and RC3 that just came out the other day, and it looks and acts very sweet; with many improvements in a short time. I’m looking forward to the final release of SolusOSĀ  shortly.

One interesting thing about SolusOS is that right now it uses the Gnome 2.3 Desktop Environment. Since Gnome 2 will soon become extinct, I’m curious to see what Ikey has in mind for the final release. The only thing stopping me right now from installing SolusOS, oddly enough, is Gnome 2; since I’ve actually become very fond of Xfce. I wouldn’t mind seeing that as a DE for SolusOS. Or Cinnamon may be an even better fit; it’s development is certainly coming along quickly, too.

Whatever changes arrive in SolusOS 1, I can’t wait to try it out! I like the rolling release idea; and the future of SolusOS looks exciting. It’s also got a great community behind it. So check it out, already! Here are a couple more nice reviews below. Enjoy!

SolusOS – Linux with Style and Atitude

Solus OS RC3… Sneeky Linux