What we’re going to be doing is talking about solus linux. Now i have used solus quite a bit in the past off and on, but not really for any length of time. Any impressions i’ve given on this linux distribution have basically been my initial impression going through the systems and for the most part, all my initial impressions have been really good. Really good. To the point that i decided, i would go ahead and try to use this linux. Distro for 30 days as my primary distribution – well not primary. My only distribution that i’d use on my main desktop machine for all my daily work, and everything like that. So this is going to be that video going over the review of this. I have a text version that you can see right here on techcat.tv if you are a reading type over a watching type, but i will be going into a little bit more detail in this video. So how did this start? Why did i decide to do this? In a previous video, i said that i was going to try to do this with uh, deep in and the deep in desktop environment and after about three days, i just couldn’t, take it anymore and it just didn’t work. That project was not a good idea that desktop environment needs a lot of work, so instead i decided to do this little challenge thing with a distribution that i know i could actually use for 30 days and that’s.

What brought me to this and i didn’t use their native desktop environment budgie the entire time. I actually used the solus with kde plasma initially for the first two weeks, and then i used the budgie desktop environment for the last two weeks and the reason i did that is because i wanted to force myself to stick with it. So i used kde plasma. Their kde plasma edition because it’s what i’m used to it’s what i’m familiar with it’s, what i use on a daily basis so because i was in an environment that i was familiar with. It was very easy and, as a matter of fact, with out with any linux distributions that i’ve used, this was probably one of the best experiences in kde that i could have. I experienced almost no issues. There was no glitches, no bugs everything worked completely perfect and the only other situation would in which kde plasma has worked completely perfect was with the opensuse linux distribution, which i commonly say that opensouza is one of the best experiences in the plasma desktop environment that you Can get but after using solus for two weeks, i got ta say that it is, if not equal, but right up there with open susan when it comes to just how well everything works together. So running kde obviously was a really good experience in solace and then i switched over to bungie the reason i did this it’s, the native desktop environment not made completely.

It says written from scratch, but they use a lot of the gnome components in their budgie desktop environment and it is a good desktop environment, but it just doesn’t fit my taste primarily when it comes to the customization aspects. In this section, i detail specifically some of the stuff i don’t like about it. If i go over like this, is a really cool feature over here, their little sidebar with the calendar. It brings up all your notifications, your volume, everything like that, and i would use it more but really it’s. Just this little tiny button down here – and i completely forget that it’s there they should give you some sort of options to make it so it’s a little bit more in your face, maybe automatically open up when you get a notification, maybe automatically open up when you Open this menu, for example, there just needs to be more options and that’s. One of the things that i didn’t like about this other than that is the huge lack of customization options. If i go ahead and minimize this real quick and i go to budgie desktop settings, this is basically all your customization options that you’re going to be able to get now in the article i wrote the one comparison that i can make with the customization potential. Is this is very comparable to windows 10. now that’s, not necessarily a bad thing. Windows 10 is kind of customizable, but it there’s not much.

You could do with it generally. What you see is what you can get with some base. Customization here you can see. I could change the icons. The cursors go from light to dark theme, some of the basic stuff you’d expect under desktop. You have options to show these desktop icons, just like you would with windows. If i go over to fonts, you can select your fonts over here. Raven there’s a couple different settings here, including allowing you to raise the volume uh you just set, what position it is, but other than that. What you see is what you get there’s, not much. You could actually do and change about it. I mean down here. You could disable and enable certain uh, widgets and components, but that’s really about it. If i go over to windows, we have some basic settings such as your button layout. We could throw that over to the left, so you can kind of get it customized to work better. For your experience, i mean some of the options are basic, like center new windows on screen automatic tiling, which isn’t like a tiling window manager it’s just this thing. That is another very common feature that everything has uh bottom panels. So you can customize what what is in the panel and you can create new panels and you could add different applets. So here is basically everything you have. So there is some good options that you could go ahead and do within the bungee desktop environment and then over here you go over to settings and you have some more settings here to change the sizes and all that.

But overall, if you do like it, just just try it out. This is completely my opinion. When it comes to the bungee stuff, you might love it, throw it in the vm. Try it out if it works with your workflow great but it’s, just not enough. For me, i’ve been too spoiled with plasma. You have autostart over here, that’s self explanatory. One thing that i do did notice is: it does not handle like buttons very well in various applications within kde plasma. It handles it fine, but, for example, if i go ahead and open up here, you can see like down here on the bottom, some of these buttons, like the icons aren’t, quite working right. If i go ahead and open up my obs studio, you can see the outline around stop. Recording is a little bit funky and one other thing i’ll bring up real quick is, if i just google search as solus change desktop. I wanted just to simply do a command to change my desktop environment initially, but if you go to their page, where it shows you how to actually change the desktop environment says, do not attempt uh to install any other desktop environments. Next to the kde plasma desktop it’s, not supported, and it just probably won’t work right, so that kind of sucked, because i never really experienced that like granted, you’re adding a bunch of the qt and gdk stuff together, but it’s not really that big of a deal.

I don’t see why it wouldn’t necessarily work. So when i did switch from kde plasma, i had to completely reinstall solas to get the budgie desktop environment, but that was just a little uh little issue that i had with it now. One thing i really really do like is their package management. They use the eop g command as their package manager, and this is actually the original package manager for the distribution that is nationally recognized by turkey. So if i go over to this uh article from its foss, this will be linked down in the description, it’s, pretty cool. You could go ahead and see all the uh official linux distributions for various countries, such as china, ubuntu island cuba has one north korea has their own linux distribution, india, indonesia, turkey and here under turkey, it’s uh products linux. I hope i’m saying that right, but this is where solas gets their package manager from and it works really really good and one of the things i like about it. This is kind of a silly thing to like about it, but i really do enjoy how it’s going to do the whole window. I i enjoy the commands and how it lays out things that are installing so it’s, just like eop k, g and you could search uh. If i can type search for something like a caden live and then it will bring up the results for caden live and then, if i actually go ahead and install something, i can kind of show you what i’m talking about.

So if i go sudo uh e, o p k, g, install uh, mpv i’m, not sure if i have mpv type in my password and then you could see how everything looks. It says: success installing version numbers. It has all the information you need, and it just looks pretty good uh. You can also do sudo ip eopkc upgrade and that will run a full upgrade. I didn’t really get into what solas is in this video. You could just check out their website. Sorry there’s. A train going by there we go, i think it’s gone uh. Basically, solas is uh it’s not based on anything else like ubuntu is a debian system, and jar is an arch system. This doesn’t have a system that it’s based on it’s completely its own thing: uh with their bungie desktop environment, they’re borrowing, a lot of things from gnome, so, for example, files here. If i go over and i go about files that’s, the gnome files, click on the website, wiki gnome and basically almost everything else in here – is gnome based software. So even like the terminal, for example, if i go over here, go about it’s, the gnome terminal. So speaking, back on the package manager situation, this is one of the most stable rolling release distributions out there i’m going to do the open souza comparison again. This is very comparable to tumbleweed when it comes to the overall stability and how everything works now, a negative with their package management stuff is there’s, absolutely there’s, barely anything in the software repositories.

I mentioned it in the article to even uh request you have to like request software and give them a good reason why it should be in their repositories, so there’s there’s not too much in there, but that has basically everything that you’re going to need, but any Like random offshoot software that you’re going to find that you would need to like install through the aur, for example, isn’t going to be there, but they do have flat pack and snap package support, so ultimately you’re you’re going to be okay. If you decide to run solace, you just might not be able to run a command real, easy and install something. Unless, if you run like a flat pack or snap package command, then you’re you’re gon na be okay it’s, not too bad. But i do like to just install things natively through the package managers that are built into the system, so that basically concludes this review. Am i going to keep using solace? No, no, no i’m, not nothing against solace! It’S great, but i am itching to switch back to an arch based distribution and speaking of arch based distributions. It has been heavily requested by you guys for me to take a look at arco linux, so that is something that i’m going to be doing. Um it’s supposed to be updating pretty soon so i’m going to be installing it on my primary machine. I did run arco linux in the past for like two weeks, and that was when i was first playing around with the uh i3 window manager, but i’ll probably run kde or something just because it’s what i’m i’m just so used to it.

Other videos in the pipeline i’m actually gon na grab these real quick. I got uh some hardware videos coming up, so my next video is going to be on the uh bmax mini pc uh. They were ever so kind to send me that so i’m going to give it a review. This company sent me a pc, cooler and it’s a pretty beefy cooler, so we’re going to be taking a look at that and comparing the thermals to the amd wraith prism. Cooler so expect all that and much more in the future on tech, huh and tech hut.tv.