The new version of Solus 4 has already been released and these are its news

Solus 4

Recently the launch of the new version of the Solus 4 distribution was announced. solus is a standalone Linux distribution which is not based on packages from other distributions and that it has the development of its own “Budgie” desktop environment.

The code of the project developments is distributed under the GPLv2 license, the C and Vala languages ​​are used for development.

In addition, Solus provides other versions with the GNOME, KDE Plasma, and MATE desktops.

To manage packages, use the eopkg package manager (Pardus Linux fork PiSi), which provides the usual tools for installing / removing packages, searching repositories, and managing repositories.

The Budgie desktop is based on GNOME technologies, but it uses GNOME's own shell, panel, applet, and notification system implementations of the Shell.

Budgie use the Budgie Window Manager window manager (BMW), which is an extended modification of the Mutter plugin.

Solus adheres to a hybrid development model, according to which major releases are issued periodically, in which new technologies and significant enhancements are proposed, and in the interval between significant releases, the distribution is developed using a mobile model upgrade package.

Solus 4 main news

The main innovations in Solus 4 relate to the delivery of a new version of the Budgie 10.5 desktop, updating the design and updating the software versions.

With this new release of Solus 4 a new desktop configuration mode is proposed “Caffeine Mode", Which by default locks automatic transition to sleep mode, disables the start of the screensaver and the screen brightness increases to the maximum or user-specified value.

IconTasklist applet updated, in which it is the grouping of different windows of the same application has been improved and a new context menu has been added, displayed for applications in the running tasks list.

Through the proposed pop-up menu, you can close all the windows of the selected application at once, manage windows, put / remove the application to your favorites, start a new application window, etc.

Additionally through the new menu also the ability to invoke application specific actions, such as opening a private window in Firefox is implemented or launch an interface to write a new message in Geary.

Desktop enhancements

Solus 4 BudgieDesktop

Furthermore, the notification system was improved. If previous notifications could only be removed at once, they are now grouped relative to apps and can be selectively removed, such as individually for the selected app.

Sound control widget has been completely rewritten, which is divided into two different widgets to work with capture devices and sound output devices.

A section has been added to Budgie Desktop settings to customize cursor style, icons, and themes for GTK widgets.

As well as a separate section to Budgie Desktop Settings with Raven's dashboard settings, such as volume limits, week numbers, and control of the inclusion of various widgets.

In Budgie Desktop Settings, a separate section has been added for managing windows, which offers modes to center windows on the screen, turn on the night light, and activate focus when the mouse is moved.


Regarding the parcel we find:

Updated versions of Firefox 65.0.1, LibreOffice, Rhythmbox 3.4.3 with an alternative panel, Thunderbird 60.5.2, MPV 0.16, ffmpeg 4.1.1 with support for the AV1 codec.

The Linux kernel has been updated to version 4.20, which made it possible to provide hardware support based on AMD Picasso and AMD Raven2 chips, AMD Vega20, and improve support for AMD Vega10, Intel Coffee Lake, and Intel Ice Lake.

Solus 4 arrives with Mesa 19.0 with support for the new Polaris GPUs from AMD, Vega10, Vega20 and VegaM.


If you want to get the new version of Solus 4, you just have to go to its official website and in its download section you will find the links for each of the different versions of the Solus desktop environment.

The link is this.

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  1.   Andreale Dicam said

    Very good news for those of us who closely follow the evolution of this distribution, which has fallen to a minimum due to the irresponsible founder Ikey Doherty. Little by little it recovers and returns to its rhythm, especially to the thousands of users who had abandoned it thinking that everything was going to waste, everything seems to indicate that things are returning to normal.

    Respecting opinions, it is the best project as an alternative to Gnome Shell.