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DistroWatch.com: elementary OS

elementary OS

Last Update: 2017-08-26 01:22 UTC


elementary OS is an Ubuntu-based desktop distribution. Some of its more interesting features include a custom desktop environment called Pantheon and many custom apps including Photos, Music, Videos, Calendar, Terminal, Files, and more. It also comes with some familiar apps like the Epiphany web browser and a fork of Geary mail.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 9 (893), 6 months: 11 (784), 3 months: 10 (780), 4 weeks: 10 (773), 1 week: 11 (816)

Average visitor rating: 8.75/10 from 53 review(s).


elementary Summary
Distribution elementary OS
Home Page http://elementary.io/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation https://elementary.io/docs/learning-the-basics
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://elementary.io/LinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker https://bugs.launchpad.net/elementary
Related Websites elementary Russia
Reviews 0.4: DistroWatchEveryday Linux UserThe Tao of MacDedoimedo
0.3: elastic2ls (German) • DistroWatchEveryday Linux UserLinux.com
0.2: Pro-Linux (German) • derStandard (German) • BinaryTidesWordpressLWNEveryday Linux UserLinux Za Sve (Croatian) • WEB UP8LinuxBSDosWordpress
0.1: DedoimedoLWNBlogspotTech Drive-inLinux UserBlogspotMuyComputer (Spanish) • OMG! Ubuntu!
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-05-18: Distribution Release: elementary OS 0.4.1
 • 2016-09-09: Distribution Release: elementary OS 0.4
 • 2016-07-16: Development Release: elementary OS 0.4 Beta 2
 • 2016-06-14: Development Release: elementary OS 0.4 Beta
 • 2015-12-10: Distribution Release: elementary OS 0.3.2
 • 2015-09-04: Distribution Release: elementary OS 0.3.1
 • 2015-04-11: Distribution Release: elementary OS 0.3
 • 2015-02-09: Development Release: elementary OS 0.3 Beta 2
 • 2014-08-11: Development Release: elementary OS 0.3 Beta 1
 • 2013-08-11: Distribution Release: elementary OS 0.2
 • 2013-05-06: Development Release: elementary OS 0.2 Beta 2
 • 2012-11-15: Development Release: elementary OS 0.2 Beta 1
 • More elementary releases...

  Headlines:
 •2017-07-18 Starlabs sells Linux laptops
 •2017-03-01 elementary OS on the Litebook
 •2017-02-09 The elementary OS AppCenter
 •2016-12-08 elementary adopts settings URLs
 • More elementary headlines...

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Feature 0.4.1
loki
0.3.2
freya
0.2
luna
0.1
jupiter
Release Date 2017-05-17 2015-12-09 2013-08-11 2011-04-01
End Of Life        
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1098-1098      
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Pantheon Pantheon Pantheon GNOME
Package Management DEB DEB DEB DEB
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite -- -- -- GOffice
Processor Architecture x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386
Init Software systemd Upstart Upstart Upstart
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS
Multilingual        
Asian Language Support        
Full Package List 0.4.1 0.3.2 0.2 0.1
Package 0.4.1
loki
0.3.2
freya
0.2
luna
0.1
jupiter
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- 2.8.6
alsa-lib (1.1.4.1) 1.1.0 1.0.27.2 1.0.25 1.0.23
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- 8.780
bash (4.4) 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.1
bind (9.11.2) -- -- -- --
chromium (61.0.3163.100) -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.4) 2.1.3 1.7.2 1.5.3 1.4.4
dhcp (4.3.6) 4.3.3 4.2.4 4.1.ESV-R4 3.1.3
e2fsprogs (1.43.6) 1.42.13 1.42.9 1.42 1.41.12
firefox (55.0.3) -- 42.0 -- --
freetype (2.8.1) 2.6.1 2.5.2 2.4.8 2.4.2
gcc (7.2.0) 5.3.1 4.8.2 4.6.3 4.4.4
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- -- --
glibc (2.26) 2.23 2.19 2.15 2.12.1
gnome-shell (3.26.0) -- -- -- --
gnucash (2.7.0) -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.35) -- -- -- 1.10.8
grub (2.02) 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 1.99 1.98
gtk+ (3.22.21) 3.18.9 3.14.15 3.4.2 2.22.0
httpd (2.4.27) -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.2) -- -- -- --
k3b (17.08.1) -- -- -- --
kmod (24) 22 15 -- --
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- -- 2.32.0
libreoffice (5.4.1) -- -- -- --
linux (4.13.3) 4.8 3.19 3.2 2.6.35
Package 0.4.1
loki
0.3.2
freya
0.2
luna
0.1
jupiter
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.2.8) -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- -- --
mesa (17.2.1) 12.0.6 10.5.9 9.0.3 7.9git
mysql (5.7.19) -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.26.0) -- -- -- 2.32.2
NVIDIA (384.69) -- -- -- 260.19.06
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- --
openjdk (8u144) -- -- -- --
openssh (7.5p1) 7.2p2 6.6p1 5.9p1 5.5p1
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.0.2g 1.0.1f 1.0.1 0.9.8o
perl (5.26.1) 5.22.1 5.18.2 5.14.2 5.10.1
php (7.1.9) -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.10.5) -- -- -- --
postfix (3.2.2) -- -- -- --
postgresql (9.6.5) -- -- -- --
Python (3.6.2) 2.7.11 2.7.5 2.7.3 2.6.6
qt (5.9.1) 5.5.1 -- -- --
samba (4.7.0) -- 4.1.6 3.6.3 3.5.4
systemd (234) 229 -- -- --
thunderbird (52.3.0) -- -- -- --
vim (8.0) 7.4 7.4 7.3 --
vlc (2.2.6) -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.18.4 1.15.1 1.11.4 1.9.0

Reader Ratings
Reader supplied reviews for elementary OS

Average rating
8.8
from 53 review(s)



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Version: 0.4.1
Rating: 8
Date: 2017-09-22
Votes: 1


Great for my old Lenovo T400. Runs smooth and has replaced mint on that machine, whether it replaces mint on my desktop PC that is used for more serious stuff remains to be seen but I have a feeling it will.

If I was to recommend Linux to someone switching from OSX or windows this would be it. It's ready out the box and the app center is very nice and handles updates without any real user input needed.

The only thing I would like to change is the payment system. It's a great idea and I support this way to donate however I do not want to give my card details to yet another company so to be able to use Paypal would be great and I think for some people in countries where card payments are not so easy it could be a good option to have more choices.


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Version: 0.4.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-09-16
Votes: 4


Excellent Linux distro with a fast and usable interface. There are a few restrictions(no desktop shortcuts), defaulted firewall off, and package management is restrictive that should be reviewed.



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Version: 0.4.1
Rating: 8
Date: 2017-09-15
Votes: 0


Definitely 10/10 for home use. Giving 8 because it is not mature as an OS for development purposes. It is still incomplete if you want to try anything outside of home use. In that sense Linux Mint is a more complete distro. Having said that elementary OS runs very smoothly, definitely smoother than Linux Mint in my experience. Mint itself is so smooth and elementary OS giving a smoother feel when compared to Mint is a great achievement.

This one has a great future provided it is managed well.


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