When comparing Solus vs OS X Mavericks, the Slant community recommends Solus for most people. In the question“What is the best desktop OS?” Solus is ranked 14th while OS X Mavericks is ranked 30th.
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Pro Rolling release
Pro Modern desktop environment
The default desktop environment used by Solus is called Budgie and is quite nice and minimalistic.
Pro Easy installation
The installation procedure for this distribution is quite simple. It's GUI based and all you have to do is to follow the instructions given by the installation window itself.
Pro Exclusively for desktop systems
Pro Great package management
The software center makes it really easy to install the latest software through Snappy and Flatpak. Including third party software.
System boots quickly and stays responsive. Does what operating system should do, and does it really well.
The system itself is very stable. All packages in the repository seem to be carefully picked, well prepared and run stable.
Pro Seamless Packages
It may not have the most obscure packages, but the packages it does have is a good number of everything a Linux user needs. Gamers, developers, desktop users, etc. all have the necessary packages and then some. The packages themselves are integrated perfectly and are very well updated.
Pro Most stable Rolling Release Distro
Pro Built from scratch
Pro Battery optimization
There are many features that improve battery life, such as App Nap.
Pro Great if you don't like El Capitan and up.
Relatively fast and retains many design decisions of the OS X of old.
Pro Memory compression features
You can have a lot of things running yet have plenty of memory left.
Pro Free if you have Snow leopard or Lion
Pro Very tweakable
There are many things you can still change through the terminal.
Pro Still supported so far
Con Slow development
Con Software a bit slower to launch than for other distributions
Con Forums are not very friendly
Con There is often a black screen after update
Con An upgrade breaks the system quite often
Con Not much software
There is not much software available.
Con No USB Image writer
Con The default desktop environment is not very customizable
Maybe because it's a relatively new project still in its infancy and this may be fixed in the future, but Budgie is not very customizable. You can only change the theme and wallpaper.
Con Outdated OS version
No longer supported by Apple (neither bugfixes or security fixes). The last release was in 2014.
Con Slower compared to previous versions
Con Very hard to find
Apple is very keen to only show the latest version.