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.
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.
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 descriptionSolydK is an open source Linux distribution based on the powerful Debian GNU/Linux operating system and using KDE Soft...