How to install Solus on your PC

install solus

Solus is one of the fastest growing free and open source Linux distributions out there. Unlike several new distributions that are merely a skin to Ubuntu, Solus is built from scratch and so I believe it has a solid foundation to become a promising distro. Their development team is actively working on it on daily basis.

install solus

Solus is released as a rolling distribution which means you will have to install the OS once and it will get updated lifetime. There is nothing like End-of-life (EOL) for rolling distributions unlike standard distributions that have a set EOL when updates will be stopped and a new version will have to installed.

Install Solus on your PC

Prerequisites:

  1. Create a Solus Live USB drive
  2. Prepare your PC to install Linux. I strongly recommend you to first create the ext4 and linux swap partitions before you start installing Solus. This will make you organized and prevent you from accidentally formatting or overwriting data.

STEP 1: Boot into Solus Live USB drive, and select ‘Start Solus’.

Boot into Solus Live USB Drive
Boot into Solus Live USB Drive

STEP 2: Click on ‘Install OS’ icon on the panel.

Click 'Install OS' on the Panel
Click ‘Install OS’ on the Panel

STEP 3: Click ‘Install Solus to disk’.

Install Solus
Install Solus

STEP 4:  Choose a language and click ‘Next’.

STEP 5: In the next window the installer will ask you your location. Don’t worry, it’s only needed to check the best server to download updates while installation is in progress. You can check the box ‘Find my location automatically’ so that you can save time in manually selecting your location. If you are on VPN or something, you may leave this option unchecked and enter your location manually in next step.

Location Information
Location Information

STEP 6: In the next step you will have to select the keyboard layout.

STEP 7: Enter your timezone and click ‘Next’.

STEP 8: In the next step, you will have to select where to install Solus. If you have followed our prerequisites section, you should already be having the ext4 partition and linuxswap space set. Select option that says ‘Assign mount points to partitions you have previously created. These must already exist to launching the installer. If you modify them, please restart the installer‘. Click ‘Next’.

Install Solus by manually specifying partitions
Install Solus by manually specifying partitions

STEP 9:  Click on the Mount Point column under each root partition and allocate ‘/’ and ‘swap’.

Confirm Mount Point and SWAP
Confirm Mount Point and SWAP

STEP 10: Enter the name of the PC. This is the name used on the network. Bootloader typically goes to the top level of the hard disk and not on any partitions. Click ‘Next’.

Confirm Bootloader location
Confirm Bootloader location

STEP 11. Enter the user profile details. The administrative capabilities user password will be same as root password. Click ‘Add now’ and then ‘Next’.

STEP 12: If you wish you can add multiple user profiles by clicking on ‘+’ icon, but you can do it later on after setup is complete. Click ‘Next’.

STEP 13: Finally the installer will show summary of the things you have configured until now. It’s good idea to check them before you hit ‘Install’.

Summary of configured things until now
Summary of configured things until now

STEP 14: Grab a coffee and relax for 10 to 20 minutes while Solus is installed. After installation is complete, you should see a prompt to restart the computer. You may now unplug the Solus Live USB drive and then go ahead and click ‘Restart’.

STEP 15: Select ‘Solus’ from boot menu. Welcome to Solus!

Solus desktop
Solus desktop

 

Hi there! I'm Kiran Kumar, founder of FOSSLinux.com. I'm an avid Linux lover, and enjoys hands-on with new promising distros. Currently, I'm using Linux Mint as a daily driver and run several other distros such as Fedora, Solus, Ubuntu, Debian, and some new ones on my test PC and virtual machines. I have a day job as an Engineer, and this website is one of my favorite past time activities especially during Winter ;). When I'm not writing for FOSSLinux, I'm seen biking and hiking on scenic trails. Hope you enjoy using this website as much as I do writing for it. Feedback from readers is something that inspires me to do more, and spread my love for Linux. If you find time, drop me an email or feedback from 'Contact' page. Or simply leave a comment below if you found this article useful. Have a good day!

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