Availability, boot options, supported architectures
The operating system is available for download as Live DVD ISO images, which support both 32-bit and 64-bin instruction set architectures and can be booted from USB flash drives or DVD discs. They are designed from the ground up to be straightforward, automatically booting the live environment.
This also means that the boot prompt is hidden by default and can only be accessed by pressing any key during the ten second timeout. From there, users can boot the live session in verbose mode or in compatibility mode, as well as to start an existing OS from the local disk or run a memory diagnostic test.
Another interesting feature is the ability to start the live environment with RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) enabled. Furthermore, you can check the boot medium for defects (only if using a DVD media), as well as to reboot or shutdown the computer.
Traditional desktop environment for low-end machines
It's obvious that this Solyd edition has been designed for people who want to turn old and semi-old computers into modern workstations, mainly because of the low on resources Xfce desktop environment, which comprises of a single taskbar located at the bottom edge of the screen.
Default applications include the Exaile audio player, ClamTk virus scanner, AbiWord word processor, Mozilla Firefox web browser, Gnumeric spreadsheet editor, VLC Media Player, Xfburn CD/DVD burning software, Mozilla Thunderbird email and news client, Pidgin instant messenger, Transmission torrent downloader, Shotwell image viewer and organizer, and GIMP image editor.
Summing up, SolydX is the little brother (or sister) of the SolydK Linux distribution, specifically designed for low-end machines and computers with old hardware components. It provides users with a rolling-release model, which means that you will never have to reinstall the operating system to get the latest software updates.
Reviewed by Marius Nestor, last updated on November 18th, 2014
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- The Home Editions were upgraded to the latest Upgrade Pack and the Business Editions were upgraded with the latest security updates. This time I will not list the version changes of the major applications, but limit myself to the most important changes.
- The Live Installer now supports multiple drives which will give you the ability to install the home directory to a separate drive rather then another partition.
Application descriptionSolydX is an open source Linux operating system that is based on the popular Debian GNU/Linux distribution and uses Xf...