We are proud to announce the immediate availability of Solus 4 Fortitude, a new major release of the Solus operating system. This release delivers a brand new Budgie experience, updated sets of default applications and theming, and hardware enablement.
All our editions feature:
Our Budgie and GNOME Editions ship with GNOME MPV 0.16 and our MATE Edition ships with VLC 3.0.6
This release of Solus ships with Linux kernel 4.20.16, enabling us to provide support for AMD Picasso and Raven2 APUs, AMD Vega20 and broader Vega10 enablement, as well as improved support for Intel Coffee Lake and Ice Lake CPUs.
Furthermore, Linux kernel 4.20 expands our support for other hardware devices, such as touchpad support for the Lenovo IdeaPad 130-15IKB and 330-15ARR.
Mesa has been upgraded to the latest release, 19.0.0, enabling us to provide OpenGL 4.5 API support (for supported cards) as well as support for newer AMD Polaris, Vega10, Vega20, and VegaM cards.
This release ships with ffmpeg 4.1.1, the latest of the 4.x series. This release has enabled us to deliver improved VAAPI MPEG and VP8 decoding as well as support for AOM AV1 encoding, decoding, and parsing.
We’ve also enabled support in VLC for dav1d, an open source AV1 decoder.
The Software Center has seen some minor refinements and fixes ahead of our planned rewrite. Specifically, we have fixed instances where search results may not show the package summary or description when an ampersand is used in it.
Additionally WPS Office has been removed from Third Party due to the introduction of an unenforceable EULA by the developers.
Solus ships with our brand new release of the Budgie 10.x series, Budgie 10.5, as well as complimenting this release by shipping Solus 4 out-of-the-box with the Plata (Noir) GTK Theme.
This Budgie release introduces a few refinements to Budgie Menu. We no longer show applications multiple times in non-compact mode when headers are turned off. We will also attempt to eliminate the “Sundry” category by automatically moving them to an “Other” category if the category is available.
Budgie 10.5 introduces a new applet called Caffeine Mode. Caffeine Mode is designed to ensure your system does not automatically suspend, lock, or dim when you’re hard at work.
Caffeine Mode supports:
We’d like to thank yursan9 for their amazing work on this applet!
Budgie 10.5 provides a massive upgrade to the IconTasklist applet. Our new IconTasklist applet has improved application detection to more consistently group applications and introduces a brand new IconTasklist popover experience.
This new popover design enables you to:
Additionally, this new popover design enables you to take advantage of custom application actions by supported apps, such as launching a private window in Firefox, composing a new message in Geary, and more!
Raven, our widget and notification center, has seen improvements in Budgie 10.5.
You can now enable week numbers for the Calendar widget in Raven. This can be done easily by going to the Raven section of Budgie Desktop Settings and toggling on “Enable display of week numbers in Calendar”.
Budgie 10.5 introduces improved notification management. With this release, notification management is no longer a “clear all or nothing” scenario. Notifications are grouped on a per-app basis and you’re in control of whether or not you want to:
Building on this, notification summaries and descriptions are now properly summarized in their Notification popups. We will also no longer store notifications for:
Our Sound widgets have been completely rewritten and redesigned! We’ve broken up the widgets into Sound Output and Sound Input, fixed some long-standing bugs, and introduced long sought after features.
For Sound Output, you can now enable the “Allow raising volume above 100%” option to crank up your volume to 150%! Great for parties or movie watching.
Controlling your volume on a per-application basis has never been easier. With our new Sound Output widget, you can now control each application as well as mute them right from Raven! No longer do you need need to dive into the Sound settings in GNOME Control Center or install a third-party tool like pavucontrol. Applications which utilize ALSA for sound playback will also have less verbose names, so you can expect to see applications like mocp (music-on-console player) showing up as “mocp” rather than “ALSA plug-in [mocp]”
With both the Sound Output and Input widgets, you can easily switch between devices, and the functionality for device switching has been rewritten to be more reliable in cases of plugging in a new device or removing an existing one.
Last but not least, in the event you have no output or input devices, we’ll automatically hide the respective widget in Raven! Plug in a device and they’ll automatically show up!
We strongly believe that Budgie should provide a balanced, curated desktop experience for our users, enabling a reasonable level of personalization out-of-the-box and empower our users (and downstreams such as Ubuntu Budgie) to open up a world of possibilities with Budgie applets.
Budgie 10.5 introduces a wider array of personalization options via our Budgie Desktop Settings application. Let’s go over the various sections which have been refinements!
Budgie 10.5 builds on our existing support for selecting various cursor, icon, and widget (GTK) themes by ensuring that the options we present to users for icons and widgets are more likely to work well with Budgie.
To do this, we have implemented a blacklist of Icon and GTK themes which are known to not provide our users the most optimal experience. For GTK Themes, we blacklist themes such as Adwaita, Clearlooks, Industrial, etc. which are provided by GNOME and are largely aimed at supporting GNOME Shell. For Icon Themes, we blacklist Breeze and the Solus SC Icon Theme (largely leverages Papirus). Should you desire, you can still switch to these themes through a third-party tool such as GNOME Tweaks.
Thanks to the hard work of EbonJaeger, you can choose the position in which Notification pop-ups are displayed. By default, Notifications will display in the top right of your screen, however that can now be changed to any corner of your screen!
For vendors, we now provide the gschema key to hide the “Built-in theme” option. For Solus 4, we leverage this option to hide such built-in “internal” theme and prioritize our work on surfacing third-party GTK themes such as Plata.
Budgie 10.5 introduces a new section to Budgie Desktop Settings for personalizing Raven. This is where you would go to allow raising volume above 100% as well as toggle various widgets. We provide options for:
The Windows section of Budgie Desktop Settings introduces options for:
Some other changes / fixes of note:
sound-devices) as well as various popovers to make it easier for theme developers.
Our GNOME experience has seen some refinements to our out-of-the-box default experience.
Our MATE experience has seen some refinements to our out-of-the-box default experience.
liboobs. We are actively working with the developer of an alternative tool to resolve various issues (such as avatar and language setting) and we are optimistic we’ll have a solution to deliver to our users. When this tooling is considered ready for production, we will deploy it automatically to our MATE users.
Our MATE ISO ships with latest of the MATE 1.20 series, which has numerous improvements and fixes such as:
Thanks to the hard work by Friedrich von Gellhorn (Girtablulu) and the groundwork laid by Peter O’Connor (sunnyflunk), we’re happy to introduce the availability of a new Plasma Testing ISO. This new Plasma Testing ISO features the latest of the Plasma Desktop 5.15 series, 5.15.2, and is complemented by KDE Frameworks 5.56, KDE Applications 18.12.2, and Qt 5.12.1.
This Plasma Testing ISO features various performance improvements, as well as reduced QML Engine Memory usage thanks to Qt 5.12 by upwards of 30%. It also features improvements from the latest Plasma Desktop and KDE Applications such as:
We have also refined our default experience so windows now open in the center of the desktop, as well as the addition of a new default keyboard shortcut for showing your desktop (Meta+D).
You can download the new Plasma Testing ISO here
We would like to thank everyone that has supported and contributed to Solus and its endeavors, including Budgie Desktop. It’s you, our community, that has made this release possible. Whether you’ve filed bugs, fixed software, contributed code, translated Budgie Desktop, or shared Solus releases with your colleagues, friends, and family, you’ve helped shape this release and improved the project for everyone.
Thank you for believing in our shared vision for the project. We look forward to working alongside all of you on many more releases in the future.
To download our latest Editions, you can go to our Download page, where direct links and torrents are available!
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