UPDATE 06/27/2020: Am reclaiming Media Library space by deleting old pics.

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After messing with Arch Linux and Debian ‘Buster’ the past four days, I felt like testing a Linux Distro that looked like it might be fun, and one I’ve been eyeing for tests over the past couple of weeks now. I’ve never tested Solus 4.0, but had wondered about it and its #7 Page Hit Ranking on DistroWatch. Downloaded Solus-4.0-Budgie and Solus-4.0-GNOME iso’s a few days ago, and was extremely impressed with both of their tests (late last night & this morning). So well, in fact, that I decided to create a new Page (Pages are just below Posts’ section) – Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros – in order to bring in Solus 4.0 @ the #4 Linux Distro spot…a spot I have basically ignored for a long time. If I’m going to start including four Distros, then there needs to now be a ‘Top 10’ list to reflect some others that I like…so to speak.

 

A new Distro, Solus is an “independent desktop operating system” built from scratch in 2015. Releases are supposedly named after Irish rivers, but I could not find a river “Fortitude” in a long List of Irish Rivers, but Ireland has a lot of rivers and maybe Wikipedia, Google and Bing missed it…in reference to Solus 4 Fortitude Released. That is a very informative link about this new release.

I tested the Solus-4.0-Budgie first by accident, thinking I had used the Gnome iso version – loved it, all the while thinking it must be a new variation Gnome – hey, I’ve been a Linux Newbie since 1996, and didn’t pay attention to Desktop Environments (DE) until the past 6-months. Besides, the “About” under “Details” in settings showed “GNOME 3.28.2” and I didn’t see anything about Budgie until I started checking out apps and saw Budgie Desktop Settings. Then checked the ‘Live’ USB installer and saw it was from the Budgie iso. I’ve tested a Budgie DE on one of the Linux distros before, but don’t recall which distro, and apparently didn’t like that distro anyway. Then I find that Budgie uses GNOME technologies, is developed by Solus, and it can “emulate the look and feel of the GNOME 2 desktop.” Anyway, it looked and felt great! Maybe a little slow, but am still testing and haven’t updated anything yet. I have it on a test 150GB HDD (old and slow), on main Linux test computer ‘Rose’. Installation went easy, and I’ll have some pics of that a little later in this post.

 

After discovering that I had installed Solus-4.0-Budgie instead of Solus-4.0-GNOME, I decided to try installing the GNOME version on a USB, since at that time I thought I may like the GNOME version better; however, I now see that Solus and Budgie DE are like ‘Two Peas in a Pod’ (though more testing is required, of course). Difficult install to USB, and takes much longer than to a HDD – even after finally figuring out how to get it installed to a USB (took at least 5 attempts); however, either GNOME is faster or the 3.0 USB is just faster than the 150GB HDD. I suspect the USB is just faster, and will know more after further testing. Solus passed a big test – ‘Ace’ the Laptop hardware test! Solus jumped over Mint, MX Linux, and many more distros after that test – moving into #4 spot and having me create a Top 10 Page. I will keep the method used to install to a USB to myself, since I want to see if that will work on Kodachi and other Linux Distros…perhaps a ‘Trick’ that one keeps to himself, so there will only be a few (if any) pics of that install, again, probably a little later in this post.

OK…some pics of the Solus Budgie install on ‘Rose’ test computer, and using the 150GB HDD. I’m not going to include all the pics from entire process, but this next pic shows the Installing Solus process list, e.g. Language, Location, etc. until complete. – have also left out some popups, but the install to HDD went easy and fast…

 

Where to install – make sure to select correct drive from dropdown list, select Erase and hit next…

 

hostname (small letters!), install bootloader, select drive and hit next…

 

Who will use – username (small letters!), password (requires at least 6 characters and/or numbers), click Add now…

 

another window or two, then review options before install then hit Install…

 

Installation complete – restart

 

It boots into Solus Budgie newly installed desktop…

 

Here’s one pic of the installed Solus Gnome to a USB…testing on ‘Ace’ the Laptop…

 

Solus now @ #4!!!

*UPDATE* – have dropped it to #9…had problems with updates – “important updates” worked fine, mainly, as long as you don’t click the security and other update sections at same time. Security updates also worked fine, by themself, but that other section of updates seems to stall.