Solus Project founder and architect Ikey Doherty announced on July 24, 2016, that the static release schedule for their Solus operating system is officially and completely dropped.
The announcement follows the recent news of Solus becoming a rolling release operating system, which means that there’s no need for the development team to maintain a release schedule for future ISO refreshes, nor to plan and set specific dates for upcoming point or major releases of the Linux distro.
“Going forward, the old release schedule is officially, entirely dropped, and the branching pattern of a point-release-system is also shed,” said Ikey Doherty. “The core advantage to the withdrawal of this static release schedule is that it, in fact, enables us to land features with a higher velocity, and maintain that velocity over time.”
Of course, this change won’t affect anyone, as Solus users will always run the latest version of the Linux kernel-based OS on their personal computers, but they should be aware of a few things, such as the fact that the version number of Solus ISOs will change from the standard 1.2 or 2.0 to an internal versioning system.
Solus 1.2.1 will debut in the coming weeks
Also because of these major changes that occurred in Solus’ design, the upcoming Solus 1.2.1 ISO refresh has been delayed. However, the good news is that the update promises many improvements and new components, among which we can mention GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) 6.1.0, the GNOME 3.20 Stack, X.Org Server 1.18.4 display server, as well as the Budgie 10.2.7 desktop environment.
The Solus 1.2.1 ISO will also bring the long-anticipated full-disk encryption support, which will require users to do a fresh install if they want to run a fully encrypted Solus operating system. Additionally, there should be some under-the-hood tweaks and artwork updates. With this in mind, we’re looking forward to the Solus 1.2.1 release, whose official unveiling date is yet to be announced.