Multi-boot USB Creator

We had an application to create a bootable USB using the ISO files directly. Unfortunately, the application was rather buggy and I couldn’t find the reason why. So, I decided to start anew and keep things as simple as possible.

This new application supports several distributions (see the list below) and can be installed from our repository:

sudo apt-get install usb-creator


You can also download the deb and sources files here:
The Github project page:
If you want to help translating:
This is the relevant forum topic:

I’ve been trying out various distributions and creating menus in /boot/grub/grub.cfg especially for them.

These I’ve done successfully:

  • SolydX and SolydK
  • Ubuntu (and probably its derivates as well but obviously not tested those).
  • Debian Live.
  • Debian mini.
  • Regular Fedora.
  • Arch dual and Arch boot.
  • Mageia regular.
  • Manjaro.
  • Gentoo.
  • Slack.
  • Knoppix.
  • SysRescue.
  • CloneZilla.
  • Gparted.

Not tested:

  • Debian regular (not live or mini).
  • OpenSuse regular and live (I haven’t got a pen drive big enough for the ISOs).
  • CentOS regular and live (I haven’t got a pen drive big enough for the ISOs).
  • Antix.
  • PartedMagic

No worky:

  • Fedora live.
  • Mageia live.

I could use some help on those I couldn’t test and those that I can’t get working.
If you want to add or change anything. You can find all the relevant code at the top of /usr/bin/usb-creator.

You can create a pull request in Github, or post your changes on the above mentioned link to our forum.

Help translating!

Recently one of our community members suggested to use Transifex for the translations of our SolydXK tools. Transifex is an on-line translation tool. You do not need any specific skills other than knowing how to translate English into your language and the only tool you need is a web browser and of course, some of your precious time.

So, I’ve added all our tools to our Transifex account and integrated Transifex into the source of those applications. Now, with every new build the translations are automatically updated from Transifex into that tool. So, our software will always have the latest translations.

I’d like to invite everybody who would like to help out translating our tools like the Live Installer, the Update Manager or one of the other tools we’ve created to make using SolydXK easy.

Translating with Transifex is easy and fun to do!

Go check it out here:

Encryption added to our Live Installer

I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time now. So, for the past three weeks we’ve been working very hard to implement encryption in our Live Installer.

This was the biggest change in the Live Installer but not the only one. Where you want to install Grub is now done in the partitioning window by simply clicking on a check box. After installation in VirtualBox, UEFI finally works. Well, there’s more but I’d like to invite you to try it out and find out yourself.

You can download the nightly builds with the new installer here:
If you find an issue, here’s the topic on our forum:

The source has been updated on GitHub and if you want to help out with the translations you can join our Transifex project.

Two weeks after…

It has been two weeks since I asked you for some financial aid to continue this great project. You’ve done so generously and over 500 dollars was donated to SolydXK!

I want to thank you all for your donations!

This is enough to plan for the server upgrade of the repository server. This server also hosts the ISOs, the torrent server and the rsync server and is still running oldsqueeze which hasn’t seen an update in quite a while. I’ll have to run (and pay for) two servers during the migration to keep the current server running while testing the new one.

I will start the server migration after I finish developing the new Live Installer which, amongst others, will include encryption. I’ll inform you when it’s time for the switch. You won’t have to do anything but the repository server could be off-line for a while during the switch.

Your donation is very welcome

You know that I don’t like to talk money but unfortunately, there is a need to do so now.

Since the transition to Debian stable the donations have dried up almost completely except for a single sponsorship SolydXK receives monthly. Currently, there is just about enough money for another year of hosting of our site, forum, repository and ISO download. That is including the sponsored gift.

A single Dollar or Euro each month would help tremendously to ensure that SolydXK can continue to improve. So, if you think that SolydXK is worth a small donation or better, your sponsorship, I’d really appreciate that.

Please, use our donation form:
or contact me by e-mail:

Thank you very much,
Arjen Balfoort
Founder SolydXK

Localizing ISOs with SolydXK Constructor

As you all might know, the SolydXK team uses the SolydXK Constructor to maintain the ISOs. Up until now it was difficult to create a localized version of the SolydXK ISOs. That feature was not implemented in the SolydXK Constructor and had to be done manually.

So, I was looking for a simple way for ISO maintainers to create localized SolydXK ISOs. It would help those who need a localized ISO for their customers or simply want to maintain a localized version of SolydXK for our community.

I’ve added this feature to the SolydXK Creator and I successfully created Dutch versions of the 64-bit SolydX and SolydK ISOs which you can download and try here:

If you want to maintain a localized version for the community, please contact me or send me a PM on the forum.

SolydXK Constructor is in the repository:

sudo apt install solydxk-constructor


Here’s a tutorial (but start by reading the help file 😉 ):

Enthusiast’s Editions

Hi all,

As promised, the Enthusiast’s Editions are now ready for download!

The Enthusiast’s Editions (EE) of SolydX and SolydK follow Debian testing.

You will get updates more regularly and if you need or want to have the “latest and greatest” this is the edition for you. Remember that by using the Enthusiast’s Editions you have an increased risk of breakages and you’ll need to feel comfortable working with the terminal.

Community Editions
Frank has built the Enthusiast’s Editions. These community editions are built and supported by the community. You can download these ISOs from the “Community editions” page:

Have fun tinkering!

Arjen Balfoort (Schoelje)
Founder SolydXK

New releases!

Hi all,

It is time for a new release!

The new ISOs are based on Debian’s first “Jessie” 8.1 point release. Several bugs have been patched since then and this release promise to be absolutely rock solid!

You can download the SolydX and SolydK ISOs from our main site’s download section:

Community Editions
Frank has built the 32-bit community editions. These community editions are built and supported by the community. You can download these ISOs from the “Community editions” page:

From the same page you can also download a SolydX edition for the Raspberry PI2. I was looking for a cheap system for my son to learn Linux and some programming but perhaps there are people out there that could use it. You can find installation instructions on the download page.

We will have to wait a bit longer for the Enthusiast’s Editions. The currently available kernel in Debian testing is unbootable in a live environment. So, those will follow later when that bug has been patched upstream. If you cannot wait, you can still download and install the testing ISOs which you can download here: Do not forget to run an update after installing that ISO.

I want to thank everybody involved for your work to make these community editions possible!

Forum changes
The regular forum visitors already noticed some changes in the forum’s structure. Jocelyn has taken up the task to simplify the forums, leaving just a few sections where you can post in your own language.

The current SolydXK site themes do not function well on mobile devices. So, I am slowly changing the SolydXK sites to a responsive theme. Starting with our forums. New users will see the new responsive theme by default. Current users can switch to the new theme manually or keep on using the old theme. You can switch between themes when you open your “User Control Panel”, click on the “Board preferences” tab and select the theme of your choice in the “My board style” drop down box.

I hope you are going to enjoy these new releases and see you soon on the forums!

Kind regards,

Arjen Balfoort (Schoelje)
Founder SolydXK

Old Business and Home repositories removed

Today I have removed (with some delay) the old repositories for the Business and Home editions.

If you encounter any errors while upgrading, please follow the instructions in my blog of January 31, “Ready for the transition and new ISOs”, to upgrade your system.

These repositories are no longer available:

Make sure that your /etc/apt/sources.list file is configured correctly: