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josefStallman wrote

I'd be very interested to hear from someone who's used this distro on how well it works. Budgie looks like a very interesting DE.

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NEOalquimista wrote (edited )

The most important things to know about it are:

  1. Ikey Doherty is really dedicated to delivering a desktop that makes sense, combining the best of all worlds. You don't see them adopting controversial changes. And there is no fixed purpose like elementary OS. Solus is, as its logo suggests, a sailboat, always moving to follow what its users want. Try to explore their forums, you'll see that Ikey always talks to people and, in spite of being a bit too honest (might hurt sensitive people), he's very wise. I don't know why I'm saying this.

  2. They started from scratch and their changes to the underlying components are less aggressive to stay as close to upstream as possible.

  3. Software repository is hand picked. This makes it easier to maintain and makes sure no package is forgotten and outdated. See Ubuntu, for instance, many packages are older than the ones in Debian now. Some packages that haven't been working for years are still there, broken (not sure how many).

  4. It's rolling release, and it received Firefox 55 a day before Ubuntu. Also received GNOME 3.24 weeks before Arch Linux, which I found hard to believe.

  5. They have an amazing Software Center. I'm serious. GNOME Software has a lot to inherit from their design. Take a look at the newest version and see how it feels. I'm sure you'll say "there's nothing like it in the GNU/Linux world."

  6. Their minimalism and wise selection of software guarantees some stability, but don't expect it to be 100% solid. I had some freezes while playing music, but it's probably something on GNOME's side. Budgie uses some GNOME 3.24.2 components. It's expected as it's very early after release.

  7. Solus is customization-friendly. Its UI allows easily changing themes without any hackish tools. What people like to do with their computers, it's there natively available. Their new theming is very cyberpunkish. Neon and stuff combined with Material (Android-like). I think Ikey likes the 80's. Budgie feels like you're using GNOME, but stripped off of the controversial changes. Just an icon-taskbar, a very efficient menu and cool features such as Raven. And since I first started using it, I can say they have improved exponentially.

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jadedctrl wrote

They have an amazing Software Center. I'm serious. GNOME Software has a lot to inherit from their design. Take a look at the newest version and see how it feels. I'm sure you'll say "there's nothing like it in the GNU/Linux world."

You've sold it to me-- I'll try the live-USB, I'm very curious to see what this software center looks like!

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jhasse wrote

Solus GNOME Edition ships with a patched Nautilus that re-introduces the graphical option for the “Enter Location” option that was removed in Nautilus, enabling users to more easily access the functionality to type a location to navigate.

Huh? What's wrong with Ctrl+L in upstream nautilus?