Localized Japanese and Dutch versions available

Balloon has made the Japanese localized ISOs available for download.

The Japanese SolydX and SolydK are available in 32-bit and 64-bit downloads here:
or from Balloon’s site:

Thanks Balloon, for your outstanding work!

The Dutch ISOs are available in 64-bit only:

Updated ISOs

We had several reports that the new ISOs booted slowly and that the Live Installer crashed on some hardware.

At first we thought these issues were limited to the SolydX RPI2 edition as was reported here, but it seemed that all ISOs were infected by the same problems.

These issues were severe enough to update the ISOs which are now available for download (see links below). This includes the Community Editions.

You do not have to download these new ISOs if you already have downloaded the 201512 version. You can follow the instructions described below.

If the Live Installer crashes:
Start a live session, open a terminal and run these commands:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install live-installer


If the boot process is slow:
Open a terminal and run this command:

sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces


Comment out the lines concerning the eth0 interfaces so that they look like this:
#auto eth0
#allow-hotplug eth0
#iface eth0 inet dhcp

If you prefer the updated ISOs you can download them from our main site’s download section.

SolydX: http://solydxk.com/solydx
SolydK: http://solydxk.com/solydk
SolydX RPI2: http://solydxk.com/solydx-rpi2
Community Editions (32-bit/Enthusiast’s Editions): http://solydxk.com/community-editions

Localized editions

Some community members have released localized versions of the latest ISOs.

You can download ISOs in the following languages:

  • Dutch (nederlands, by yours sincerily)
  • Italian (italiano, by belze)
  • Japanese (日本語, by balloon)

It is quite easy to create a localized ISO in your own language with SolydXK Creator.
Here’s a tutorial: http://forums.solydxk.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=5747

Get your localized ISO here: http://solydxk.com/downloads/localized-editions/

Community Editions ready for download

Just a few minutes after I blogged the release of the main editions, Grizzler posted that the Community Editions were ready for release as well!

These releases are available for download from the Community Editions page:

  • SolydX 32-bit and SolydK 32-bit.
  • The Enthusiasts Editions based on Debian testing: SolydX 32/64-bit and SolydK 32/64-bit
    Note that the SolydK EEs still have some issues that need to be fixed upstream. Dolphin crashes on certain context menu movements and does not show any icons when it is run as root.
  • SolydX RPI2: SolydX for the Raspberry PI2.

Get them here: http://solydxk.com/downloads/community-editions/

Have fun during the hollydays!

A Christmas present from SolydXK

It’s time for new releases again!

The new ISOs come packed with changes. I’m not going to mention them all but here are a few:

  • The Live Installer can now encrypt your partitions.
  • The USB Creator has been rebuilt and does create bootable USB pen drives for several distributions.
  • The Update Manager has new icons to indicate its status.
    You can right-click to show the legend for the meaning of the icons. Left-click was removed. So, you will need to right-click to activate the Update Manager window.

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

SolydX: http://solydxk.com/solydx
SolydK: http://solydxk.com/solydk

Community Editions
Work is still be done on the community editions and I will let you know when they are ready for download.

I hope you are going to enjoy these new releases and we all wish you a happy Christmas and a happy new year!

Kind regards,

Arjen Balfoort (Schoelje)
Founder SolydXK

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: http://repository.solydxk.com/pool/main/u/usb-creator/
The Github project page: https://github.com/SolydXK/usb-creator
If you want to help translating: https://www.transifex.com/solydxk/usb-creator/dashboard/
This is the relevant forum topic: http://forums.solydxk.com/viewtopic.php?f=78&t=5938

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.