How To Install Solus Linux


Solus Linux was in 7th position in the Distrowatch rankings for the whole of 2018 and is currently in 8th place for the past 6 months.

If you are looking for a complete alternative to Windows and you don’t want to mess around in the terminal then Solus is what you are looking for.

In this guide I will show you how to install Solus as the sole operating system on your computer.

What You Will Need

  1. A computer – specifications vary depending on whether you are using the MATE desktop (lightweight) or the Budgie/GNOME desktops which are a bit more resource intensive. According to the Solus website you need a 10 gigabyte hard drive, a minimum of 2 gigabytes of RAM and a 64 bit processor.
  2. A USB drive with Solus installed on it (Click here for a guide showing how to create a Solus USB Drive)

If you don’t want to follow a guide for creating a USB drive you can also buy one from

How To Install Solus

  1. Insert the USB drive and boot into Solus.
  2. Double click on the Install OS icon

Choose the appropriate language from the list and click “Next”.

Choose your location by selecting it or by checking the “Find my location automatically” box and click “Next”.

Choose the keyboard layout which relates to your computer keyboard. You can test out all the keys including the £$#/ and other symbols by entering text in the box provided.

When you have made your selection click “Next”.

Choose your timezone by clicking the appropriate section on the map. This will set your clock correctly when you first boot into Solus.

You will now be asked where you want to install Solus. Choose entire disk and click Next.

If you want to use LVM then check the box provided. Click “Next” to continue.

Choose the name for your computer. This is the name your computer will appear as when you connect to your home network.

Choose where you want to install the bootloader and click “Next”.

Finally create a user by entering a user name, your real name and then enter a password and repeat it.

If you need more than one user click on the “Add now” button to add another user.

Click “Next” to continue.

Click on “Install” to install the operating system.