When comparing Solus vs ArcoLinux, the Slant community recommends Solus for most people. In the question“What are the best rolling release Linux distributions?” Solus is ranked 3rd while ArcoLinux is ranked 24th.
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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 Easy to install
Unbelievably fast for ArcoLinux with XFCE, Openbox, I3.
Pro XFCE, Openbox and I3
Finished Product with almost every tool a experienced user will use.
Pro Learning bash script
Fastest way to reload any Linux desktop is a script that will install all your favorite apps. Keep this file on a USB stick Update for any distro from Ubuntu, Fedora or even Arch Linux back to you favorite apps in minutes
Pro Community support is great
Need to install Discord on cell phone and computer. Fastest way to receive help. Community is mostly European on Discord so getting help at midnight may be a challenge.
Con Slow development
Con Software a bit slower to launch than for other distributions
Con Forums are not very friendly
Con Not much software
There is not much software available.
Con There is often a black screen after update
Con An upgrade breaks the system quite often
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 No USB Image writer
Con Small development team
Con the lead dev is a twit
Con A bit bloated
It is is a bit bloated to many web browsers, text editors out the box. A simple customize menu's for all 3 desktops would have been nice.