Ikey Doherty announced a couple of days ago that the ninth Alpha version of the upcoming SolusOS 2 Linux operating system was made available for download and testing.Being powered by Linux kernel 3.11 with LZ4 compression, SolusOS 2 Alpha 9 uses the Xfce 4.10 desktop environment, the Thunar 1.6.3 file manager, the Mozilla Firefox 24 Beta 9 web browser, the Mozilla Thunderbird 17.0.8 email client, as well as the GLib 2.37.3 and glibc 2.17 libraries.
Among other goodies, the artwork has been completely changed in SolusOS 2 Alpha 9, in order to keep up with the SolusOS look and feel, and a brand-new installer has been introduced.
"155 commits have been made to the source repository since the release of Alpha 8. Of those commits, 25 were new packages. The root account has now also been disabled by default, as the installer adds a sudo user to the system."
"Thank you all for your patience while I got SolusOS 2 A9 together. Given that many of you will be installing SolusOS 2, I look forward to seeing your contributions on the SolusOS Infrastructure! More importantly, enjoy using SolusOS," was stated in the official release announcement.
Moreover, FANOTIFY has been re-enabled in this release, allowing users to enable systemd-readahead by default, various issues with the NetworkManager application have been repaired, as well as some issues with the Nouveau video driver for Nvidia graphics cards.
The new SolusOS installer - image courtesy of Ikey Doherty
The entire system update has been revamped, which now includes a passive notification, fixes for the PackageKit backend, and a new update icon.
SolusOS 2 Alpha 9 is distributed as a hybrid ISO image that allows you to boot it from a USB stick, USB HDD or a CD. It does not include support for UEFI, and some known issues remain, which can be viewed in the official announcement.
Download SolusOS 2 Alpha 9 right now from Softpedia. Remember that this is an alpha version and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only.