Linux News Today: Solus to Offer Users a Brand-New and Modern Graphical Package Manager
Today, May 9, 2016, Josh Strobl of the Solus Project informed the Solus community about the latest improvements and software updates that landed on the stable software repositories of the GNU/Linux operating system.
Yes, we’re talking about a new installation of the “This Week in Solus” newsletter, the 28th edition, where Josh Strobl talks about why the entire Solus Project needs to establish a consistent branding, the improvements that project leader Ikey Doherty did on the Budgie Desktop extension development front, and a new Software Center.
Yes, that’s right, a new Software Center is coming to Solus soon, one that promises to offer a modern package management experience to users of this independent, desktop-oriented operating system. And no, the new Software Center won’t be based on GNOME Software, as the devs will build it from scratch.
“There is no getting around the fact that the Software Center in Solus 1.1 sucks,” said Josh Strobl. “Software discoverability and ease-of-use for installation of software is incredibly important to us and we want to tackle it with urgency. So we’re doing something about it now, this cycle, and it is going to be amazing.”
New and updated software packages
In the last week, there were many package updates released in the Solus repositories, among which we can mention darktable 2.0.4, Node.js 5.11.1, OpenSSL 1.0.2h, r 3.3.0, Subversion 1.9.4, WeeChat 1.5, HexChat 2.12.1, KeePass 2.33, Conky 1.10.2, lollypop 0.9.104, VLC Media Player 2.2.3, as well as Peerunity 0.2.2.
The RetroArch 1.3.4, N1 0.4.33, Erlang 18.3.3, and Adapta GTK theme 126.96.36.199 packages are also available in the stable Solus repos, along with an updated version of the MPV video player with enabled OpenGL support, and the latest Nvidia 340.xx series graphics driver with mtrr disabled.
Lastly, Solus is now powered by the latest long-term supported Linux 4.4.9 kernel, and includes three new packages, namely FontForge 20160404, MenuLibre 2.1.3, and woff-tools 1.0. As usual, it is recommended that you update your Solus installation as soon as possible to receive all the goodies mentiond above.