Solus DE observations
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Sun Aug 1 09:38:55 UTC 2021
Since Solus came up again, I'll share my observations of the three DEs
I've used. I'm leaving Plasma out since it doesn't work too well for me,
but yMMV on that
It's, boiling it down. Gnome with a fancy coat of paint and is the Solus
flagship one. It works well enough given it's Gnome 40 based and is very
much useable. Now if I could assign keyboard shortcuts, that'd be handy.
Maybe I can and haven't found it yet, I dunno. One note I do have is
that LightDM is the login manager and is insanely /loud/ on startup once
you enable Orca with the usual shortcut. So just have a long, long
keyboard cable, and Budgie/Gnome have a nice startup sound when you log
in, which is always a nice touch. The Solus team have put a lot of care
into the DE from what I've found.
It's Gnome. It's Gnome 40. Need I say more? One note is I couldn't get
speech at a login manager on my system. It does have a nice startup
sound to a la Budgie.
Oh this is going to be disappointing. There's a few issues with Mate as
far as Solus goes.
1. The Orca shortcut isn't set. Which isn't a big deal since alt+f2 and
orca sorts that then when you get the system installed it's two seconds
work to set the shortcut and set Orca to autostart.
2. THe much, much, MUCH bigger issue is the desktop loses focus and
requires a GTK dialog to be loaded. Quit Chromium? Yeah Orca+H, F2, and
then keep going. Now. If there's a compyz setting I've overlooked to fix
this...then sure, I'll give it another shot. Don't get me wrong. Mate is
fantastic when it works. It's just....when it breaks on Solus and needs
workarounds, it's kind of a bugbear for me, as well as the bottom panel
being unlabeled, but you can get around most of that As with Budgie it
uses LightDM so you get Orca working on the login screen, again,
stupidly loud. If the focus loss issue can be fixed, then I'm liable to
switch back to Mate full time instead of Budgie.
And, there's no startup sound either which, really, disappointing given
the other two have one and I don't know bout Plasma, but it feels to me
like the Mate one isn't fully finished up vs the other DE.
And related note, I'm hunting down an nmtui which doesn't seem to be
shipped with Solus. I may just request it or ask on their forums if
one's in and I'm using the wrong name.
Related note #2:
Somehow it's more stable for me than Ubuntu, which I didn't think possible.
For installed things?
Mate didn't come with a mail client and came with Firefox which I've
replaced with Brave, and installed Thunderbird. Each distro ships with
Orca 40.0, but I've not tried building Orca from git yet, I'm wary of
installing the build deps on an already working system
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