SolydXK Added to Distrowatch Database

by Ostatic Staff - Apr. 29, 2013

Today's Distrowatch Weekly brought the news that a new distribution has been added to the official Linux database. You know what that means. It's time to boot 'er up.

SolydXK is a Debian-based distribution aiming to easy to use, stable, and secure. Founders believe SolydXK would be suitable for home and small office settings. SolydXK comes in two flavors: SolydX featuring the Xfce desktop and SolydK featuring KDE. SolydXK began life as a variant of Linux Mint Debian with KDE, but later broke away and became its own distro. Its inaugural release came just two weeks ago and was promptly put right smack on this month's cover of Full Circle Magazine. SolydXK 201304 features Linux 3.2.39, Xorg 1.12.4, GCC 4.7.2, and Firefox 19.0.2.

SolydK, the one with KDE

If you prefer life on the leading edge, or even fairly edgy, the KDE 4.8.4 featured in SolydK 201304 might seem a bit old. But it's decorated nicely and ships with a nice selection of software such as LibreOffice 4.0.1, Firefox 19.0.2, and GIMP 2.8.2. The software repository appears aptly stocked and several other Mint tools have been retained.

SolydX, the one with Xfce

This version too ships with handy apps by default. Lighter weight apps are used where possible; for example Abiword replaces LibreOffice. Not as much attention has been paid to the look and feel of the Xfce version, but Xfce is fairly easy to customize.