201506 GPL (GNU General Public License)    
4.2/5 33
A free Debian-based Linux distribution that features the KDE desktop environment

editor's review






SolydK is an open source distribution of Linux that aims to be easy-to-use, providing users with a modern and familiar graphical environment that is secure, beautiful and stable. It is based on the award winning Debian GNU/Linux operating system and built around the KDE SC desktop environment.

Availability, boot options, supported platforms

The project is distributed as Live DVD ISO images, specifically designed to support both 32- and 64-bit hardware platforms. In order to boot the operating system from this ISO images, users will first need to write them to DVD discs or USB flash drives.

They're designed to boot automatically, if the user does not press a key for ten seconds. Pressing any key on your keyboard during the 10 second timeout, will reveal the boot prompt, which allows you to start the live environment with default options, without boot splash, and in compatibility mode for better hardware detection.

In addition, users can boot an existing operating system installed on the first disk drive, run a memory (RAM) diagnostic test, check the integrity of the boot medium (only if using a DVD media), as well as to reboot or shutdown the computer.

Pure KDE desktop environment, a really great set of apps

The KDE SC desktop environment seems untouched in this Linux-based operating system, providing users with a single taskbar located on the bottom edge of the screen, from where they can access the main menu, launch applications, interact with running programs, and switch between virtual desktops.

Default applications include Steam for Linux client, Mozilla Firefox web browser, Mozilla Thunderbird email and news client, digiKam photo management program, VLC Media Player, Amarok music player and organizer, KTorrent BitTorrent client, as well as the entire LibreOffice office suite.

Bottom line

Summing up, SolydK is a very good and stable Linux distribution that features a great graphical environment and follows a rolling-release model, which means that you will never have to reinstall the operating system in order to get new versions of installed packages.

SolydK was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on June 9th, 2015
SolydK - The default desktop environment and main menu of the SolydK distribution

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