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Open Source

Solus is built upon and extends the incredible work from a broad open source community, actively engaging in and developing various projects under free software / open source software licenses.

Our projects
Brisk Menu

An efficient menu for the MATE Desktop

Budgie Desktop

A feature-rich, luxurious desktop using the most modern technologies.


Simplistic driver detection and management utility specifically for Solus.

Linux Driver Management

Provides functionality required for integration of drivers into modern Linux distributions.

Linux Steam Integration

Helper for enabling better Steam integration on Linux.

MATE Notification Theme Slate

A MATE Notification theme, emulating the Arc-styled Budgie notifications of Solus.

Solus Software Center

Software Center of Solus.


The binary repository manager for Solus.


Solbit is the unified component styling and JavaScript for Budgie and Solus brand assets.


The Solus package build system


Modern, declarative, structured build format

Projects we're built upon

Solus leverages many open source freedesktop.org projects including systemd, as well as compliance with XDG specifications.

GNOME Project

We utilize software from the GNOME Project for a wide set of functionality across Solus, ranging from Budgie's window manager to the file manager in our main edition. Graphical tools such as DoFlicky, Linux Steam Integration, and our Software Center are built upon GTK. In addition, we offer a GNOME variant of Solus shipping the upstream GNOME Shell desktop environment.

GNU Project

Many components of the GNU Project are used within Solus, including the GNU Toolchain (GCC, binutils, glibc and co), the Bourne Again Shell (BASH).


Every Solus project and software package is managed and developed using the powerful, versatile Git version control system.


The Linux kernel is the absolute heart of the operating system, providing an environment for all user-land programs to operate, hardware support, networking, etc.

MATE Desktop Environment

The MATE Desktop is a continuation of the GNOME 2 Desktop code base and paradigm, providing a more traditional desktop metaphor for our Solus MATE users.

XOrg project

The X.Org display server forms the backbone of all desktop experiences on Solus, enabling input device support and the ability to render on screen.