How to create Solus live USB drive

Solus was launched in 2011 with Debian flavor. The team then decided to start from scratch instead. It’s not like other distros which are derived from Ubuntu and then skinned with different flavor. Solus uses Budgie desktop environment and eopkg for package management. Starting from scratch comes with lot of hard work, but has an important edge over others. They are independent which makes them release future editions much faster. They need not spend months of work just to make compatible code to match the base code. Instead they can spend time in writing new code for new features.

I will be covering a lot of Solus starting from today as I start to learn more about it. Right now, all I can say it is a promising Linux desktop which can be on top of distros very soon. It’s now a rolling distribution, but still very stable and could be used as a daily driver.

Create Solus Live USB Drive

STEP 1: Get an empty USB flash drive of at least 2 GB capacity. I don’t recommend not more than 8 GB because not all PCs can boot through USB drives of more than 8 GB capacity.

STEP 2: Download Rufus utility for Windows. It is a free portable utility and so doesn’t need installation. You can execute the program right away.

Download Rufus

STEP 3: Download the latest version of Solus from their website. Make sure you are not downloading Solus MATE. It’s their other edition for advanced users and old hardware. The downloaded file will be in ISO format. The downloaded ISO should look something like this: Solus-1.2.1.iso. The version number may vary depending on when you are downloading.

STEP 4: Right-click on the downloaded Rufus program and click ‘Run as Administrator’.

STEP 5: Rufus Settings:

Rufus Settings
Rufus Settings

(#1) Click on the CD drive icon near the check box ‘Create a bootable disk using ISO Image’ and select the Ubuntu ISO file that you downloaded, for example mine says Solus-1.2.1.iso.

(#2) In the same interface, click on drop-down list under ‘Partition scheme and target system type’, select ‘MBR partition scheme for BIOS or UEFI’.

(#3) Next select file system as ‘FAT32’.

(#4) Finally click ‘Start’.

STEP 6: Keep the ISO Image mode to write when prompted and click OK.

Rufus Prompt
Rufus Prompt

STEP 7: Wait until Rufus writes the data to the USB flash drive.

That’s it. Your Solus live USB drive is ready! You can boot into it and test drive it. It also serves as a installation media just in case you decided to install it.

Solus Desktop
Solus Desktop
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Poonam Pandey

Gooooood ! Solus is the most beautiful linux distribution of all. I have migrated from a MAC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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