New SolydXK ISOs – 201701

It is time again for the new SolydXK ISOs!

The ISOs are fully updated and numerous bugs were resolved. These editions do deserve their naming: they are incredibly solid!

The localized Dutch version is available for download as are the 32-bit community editions. The other community editions and localized editions will follow later. I will post the release of those editions as soon as they are ready. I’ll leave the previous versions for download until then.

There are now two mirrors available and I will update the mirrors list as soon as they have synchronized.

Important: if your SolydXK system has been fully updated you won’t need to download and install these ISOs.

You can find more information, and download the ISOs on our product pages:
SolydX RPI:

For any questions or issues, please visit our forum:


Donation page fixed

Some users complained that Paypal’s payment page wasn’t in English but in Dutch. For some reason that made it difficult to complete the donation 😉

Now, I encourage you all to start learning Dutch of course, but before you do, I’ve changed the donation plugin and now all should be in English again.

Let me know if you have problems with the donation page:

Happy Holidays!

It has been quite an eventful year but in the midst of all this turmoil we’ve created a place where we can come together and exchange ideas and help each other whether you are new to Linux or a veteran. I created SolydXK almost four years ago and I’m proud to see what it has become. We did that together. Some came and went, some came back later but most still use SolydXK today or visit our forum once in a while. Whatever the reason, I hope that we will continue working together on this marvelous OS. I could not do it without you.

That said, it has been over a year since I last asked for your help but unfortunately, it’s that time again. If you have something to spare, please consider a donation for SolydXK.

I’d like to use this opportunity to wish you and your families happy holidays all the best wishes for 2017 and thank you all very much for your help!

Best wishes,

Arjen Balfoort

Adobe Flash plugin update

Adobe just released version 24 of the Flash player and it’s now available in our repository.

For this new version I created a new package called solydxk-flashplugin for Firefox which will replace the old solydxk-flashplugin-11 if it is installed. For Chromium I created the solydxk-pepperflashplugin package which will replace pepperflashplugin-nonfree if it is installed. I will keep the old solydxk-flashplugin-11 in our repository in case anyone needs it (just as I did with solydxk-flashplugin-9).

Only install Adobe Flash if you really need it!

If you have any issues regarding these new packages, please visit our forum:

Adobe Flash Player for Chromium in our repository

There were some problems reported with the pepperflashplugin-nonfree package. So, we decided to include PepperFlash for Chromium in our repository.

This package will be updated as soon as the Adobe Flash Player page shows a new version of the plugin. You will get notified of a new version just like any other package update.

You can install the plugin via the terminal:

apt install solydxk-pepperflashplugin

If you encounter any problems with the new plugin, please post your issue on our forum:

Rebooting SolydK Back Office

Some of you might remember SolydK Back Office. With my business background it was one of my most favorite side-projects and I really had a hard time when I was forced to discontinue this project due to lack of time.

I’ve been playing around with the idea of rebooting the project but this time releasing and maintaining the edition under a license. I know that the Linux community has some reservations concerning commercializing open source software but perhaps we can make an exception for this edition. Building and maintaining SolydK Back Office is very time consuming and the target group (businesses) might even consider the OS because support is guaranteed under the license (I haven’t thought about the license, yet. It’s too early for that now).

So, what do you think? Is SolydK Back Office worth rebooting under license? If you’d consider SolydK Back Office for your business, what would you expect being included in the license and which software would you absolutely need included in SolydK Back Office?

I’ve created a topic on our forum to discuss this subjects. So, please post your thoughts and comments here:

Community Editions Releases

Frank has released the Community Editions!

It is by nature that the Enthusiast’s Editions, based on Debian testing, have some issues:

  • The update to Gtk+3.20 has messed up most Gtk applications resulting in missing scroll bars and other annoying ui glitches.
  • Timezone settings might be wrong for you. Read this post to solve this issue.

If you enjoy tinkering with your OS, the EEs are for you. Otherwise, you are probably better off with the official releases 🙂 .

You can download the EEs and the 32-bit releases here:

A new team member!

May I introduce our new team member: Inken, on our forum known as ilu.

Welcome to the team!




Inken (ilu) <>

I started experimenting with Linux around 1995 but it took me until 2013 to finally leave the MS world behind. Linux now has reached a point where it is not only on par with MS Windows but better.

My main focus in supporting open software is freedom. I’m deeply concerned that our society casually trades the freedom we still have for convenience and false security. People have fought to achieve that freedom and we must continue to dedicate time and effort to keep it. That’s why I try to encourage and help people to leave constraints and complacency and embrace the openness and freedom that is Linux.