There are many, countless Linux distributions, but there are many fewer that are not based on other popular ones such as Ubuntu / Debian, Arch Linux or Fedora, among others. One of those totally independent distributions has released a new version a few hours ago, more specifically a Solus 4.1 which, according to release note, is full of news. The summary that they make us is that they include new desktops, or new experiences in them, updated packages and hardware activation (HWE).
What you will find in this article is a summary of the extensive release note whose link you have above these lines. New features include updated versions of packages popular, like Firefox that comes with v72.0.2, LibreOffice that goes up to v22.214.171.124 and Thunderbird that goes up to 68.4.1. Below you have the most outstanding news that Solus 4.1 includes.
Solus 4.1 highlights
This version arrives 10 months after former with these news:
- Linux 5.4.12. As a matter of fact, at the time of writing these lines, the most up-to-date kernel is at v5.4.15.
- Packages updated to their latest (or almost) versions. This includes:
- Firefox 72.0.2.
- Libre Office 126.96.36.199.
- Thunderbird 68.4.1.
- ffmpeg 4.2.2.
- gstreamer 1.16.2.
- libogg 1.3.4.
- libpng with SSE3 optimizations.
- livdpau supports VP9, HEVC 444 decoding, among others.
- Encoder x265 enhancements.
- systemd 244.
- Hardware activation (HWE) and kernel.
- Support for Zstandard compression (zstd).
- Support for ESync.
- Improved the AOT compiler for AppArmour profiles.
- Updated NetworkManager and wpa_supplicant.
- Solus 4.1 arrives in 4 different graphic environments: Budgie 10.5.1, GNOME 3.34.3, MATE 1.22 and Plasma 5.17.5, the last one accompanied by Frameworks 5.66, KDE Applications 19.12.1 and Qt 5.13.2, which coincides with their latest versions.
Users inserted in using the latest version of this Linux distribution can download the new ISO images from the official download website that you can access from this link. Solus uses the upgrade model known as Rolling Release, which means that existing users will be able to upgrade to the new version from the same operating system.