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From time to time, before sitting down to write, I read comments other items MuyLinux like to know a little mixed reviews of certain theme and, secondly, to draw any idea. I mean, as for giving you exactly what you want (or someone will) read as long as I feel able to write about it. Look published on a distribution called SolusOS , an unattractive name I dare say. Just do not trust appearances, so I preferred to get some information about it and try it.
is based on Debian Stable and … (tuned!) makes use of backports of GNOME 2, which is a nice touch to have default. On their website, they say that it is a distro that provides the tools to listen to music, surf the Internet and creating documents. Comes in images of almost 1 GB for DVD or USB flash drive with support for 32 and 64 bits, typical. Additionally, users may opt for the first architecture without PAE basically to support older computers that do not have this characteristic.
To begin, I must give a little detail Installer . In principle, everything works as expected and expected: we find, as shown in the image, with the classic GNOME 2 desktop delayed a fairly traditional order and a menu called Cardápio that follows the same line of desktop. However, there is no detail. The issue comes when installing. At the time of preparing the partitions I found something that I loved and yet a little upset.
I will explain this contradiction: it turns out that we are like we were in the manual configuration of partitions that displays all existing and one can choose the mount point and, if you are not completely satisfied, invites section edit using GParted. Now, considering that a distribution is somewhat oriented Novice , I think, being a standard in the popular distributions, you should add a guided mode for those who have never done this process. Although I’m sure that will not be long in coming. After that, it seems perfect. Besides, in the official wiki give an explanation on how to perform partitioning.
the installed system, before going to see what comes by default applications, permtidme messing around with the customization capabilities of the system . Of course, there’s an idea for now we’re using GNOME 2. First, perhaps for me one of the most important details, selection of wallpapers okay. I mean, there are a variety of funds with the logo of the distribution, more typical funds usually come with what you do not need to find out more. Then the panel: I do not like, is very narrow. I add some details to the menu button and I think he’s ready.
Once everything is ready, I do not want to forget configurator first use I had left for later. In the first window, give a list of useful links are to websites, guides and forums; quite important for those who are not aware of this information (mostly for the last two). Then follows the issue of network configuration and firewall. Since I have this computer with WiFi not know how functional it is in this case. It follows the video card, in my case there are no options to choose because I’m in a virtual machine, seems to offer a list of available drivers, more than anything for proprietary drivers in case that the user requires. Finally, you choose update schedules and if the system is allowed to automatically install updates or security standard, or if prior notice.
As you have seen in the links above, the system is (for now) officially in English . While most applications are translated everything SolusOS own (eg the configurator first use), plus websites, has not translated into other languages but does not become just a detail for today These days, it is increasingly likely that generally know English at least to understand the information. Perhaps the biggest problem are the guides but still, due to the presence of captures and commands, it is quite understandable.
brings a collection varied somewhat but, simultaneously, useful. Package also comes with GNOME applications are Firefox , Transmission , Thunderbird , Dropbox , XChat, Pidgin, LibreOffice 3.6, OpenShot, among others. Remember when I said what the proprietary drivers: it comes with the distro is for running games on it via Wine and PlayOnLinux. So I think that most tastes and needs are covered … except for something that is not (you may find them more but this caught my attention significantly). GIMP?? No problem, installed. In fact that leads us to discuss the package manager.
gpk , the same but for Fedora. deb in this case. Although this is also the good old Synaptic. Of the two, the former is be more straightforward, while the second is more comprehensive and detailed . I always preferred the second, so I’ll stay with that. However, the proposal is good to have both if you are not completely satisfied with one or he other. Maybe some day I spend more time on the package managers but now is not the point. On the other hand, it seems that it was announced that the system will SolusOS PiSi Pardus parcel leaving and, side by Debian. Unfortunately, the original story appears to be no more. However, deblinux have an interview with the author, Ikey Doherty, talking about the new version.
Meanwhile, a version alpha of what is expected for the next installment. Even with deb packages and perhaps as a novelty, already made the move to GNOME 3 but of course without the shell thereby maintaining an appearance similar to its current version. I will not go into detail just because it is still in the process of development and, surely, there are many changes to be done. It also appears to have good future. I leave a picture of what it will look:
As for performance, as always tested in a virtual machine, I notice quite fluid, which is expected given that we are using our good old GNOME 2. The minimum RAM consumption is approximately 150MB in so we can say that is a convenient system for computers years ago . Not because it has to be aesthetically backward in time. For most modern computer users can tweak certain details like Emerald and Compiz. The first to the edges of windows and the second, well you know what, stationery and more.
Unfortunately, Emerald comes peeled , borderless to apply, so that, for a casual user unfamiliar this application, go completely unnoticed achieved . On the other hand I always felt that no application is friendlier, regarding concerns desktop customization. Maybe the same with Compiz. While this is much easier to use, not let it show. The surfing one day find the settings menu, which a user usually does not novel or not usually interested. Insist with this due to the type of user that seems to point and, perhaps, in the Welcome dialog should tell you the existence of such programs to the user.
purposes within their strengths and weaknesses, I feel is a distro SolusOS highly recommended . As I mentioned before, is still their fault for being relatively new (version 1.0 came out last year) but equally it is still very usable for the simple reason that no risk to the latter, but functional. Of course we could install Debian directly but, the collection of applications that comes by default, makes it is completely ready for use after installation. It’s just another distribution based on Debian but with the premise that it is a traditional system.
Let’s see how it evolves over time but in the meantime, I would say it is a potential alternative to all systems go (read Ubuntu, Fedora, OpenSUSE) to use to bring the entire range of attractive, modern desks. I think that with the release of GNOME 3, it became clear that there are people who, before, I was more comfortable.