I really had to try it out again. After my first time with Solus was a wild rollercoaster ride of emotions, this time I thought everything would be better. Why? Because Ikey offers a proper MATE desktop now, so little Orcsi doesn’t need to fiddle cluelessly around on some OpenBox/LSLE frankenstein. Yay, great! I was a fan of Solus’s speed and unfuzzy attempt already, now with a proper easy to use desktop environment it could just become better … and maybe end up as a perfectly lovable system I’d happily replace my Manjaro with. Would I?
Let’s see how I fared and how Solus has treated me so far.
First, even before I start customizing the desktop, I check Solus for installed softwares. As it turns out Solus, fresh outta the box, is kinda complete but not abundantly equipped. I love the sparseness and agree mostly with the choices by the developers. Of course I’d wished for Qbittorrent instead of Transmission as the piratey program. But I guess Ikey and his crew will have their good reasons for their choice. I also could have lived without the whole LibreOffice suite. A lightweight texter like Abiword would’ve been fine for me. But that’s nitpicking and personal taste, nothing I can blame Solus for.
Where I totally agree with the Solus devs is the choice of online software. I consider the pair of Firefox and Thunderbird as essential must-haves … and Solus delivers! No proprietary Chrome shit but my organically grown Firefuck! \o/ If you knew how many hundreds of bookmarks I carry since many years from PC to PC, from installation to installation, and how I’m depending on all the nifty add-ons, you’d agree with me that Firefuk is a must-have.
If you wonder how to install your favouritestest softwares in Solus, it’s no problem. I fact once you’ve done the mandatory updates you can click into a nicely sorted freebie shopping mall. Look at this:
My conclusion after the very short first hands-on experience: Solus with MATE desktop is 100% there already. Ready for primetime as the professional reviewers say. It’s very spunky and lightweight but still offers the full MATE DE with all its bells and whistles.
Will I replace my Manjaro with Solus? Honestly no. Not for now. Of course I will keep it on Gaga for a longterm test but before I change my main production system I need to be pushed some more. Can’t even install it on OrcNet, the lame-ass netbook, for now since I’m happily running the ArchLinux distro MateRevenge on that one. For the rest of you medium-advanced and expert Linuxers I can wholeheartedly recommend Solus. It’s that good!