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elementary OS

Last Update: 2017-05-18 06:45 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: 8 (946), 6 months: 10 (848), 3 months: 11 (796), 4 weeks: 10 (809), 1 week: 8 (825)

Average visitor rating: 8.67/10 from 36 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:
 •2017-03-01 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
CDs 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 1
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Pantheon Pantheon Pantheon GNOME
Package Management DEB DEB DEB DEB
Office Suite -- -- -- GOffice
Processor Architecture x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386
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 (9.11.1-P1) -- -- -- --
chromium (59.0.3071.115) -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.3) 2.1.3 1.7.2 1.5.3 1.4.4
dhcp (4.3.5) 4.3.3 4.2.4 4.1.ESV-R4 3.1.3
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.42.13 1.42.9 1.42 1.41.12
firefox (54.0) -- 42.0 -- --
freetype (2.8) 2.6.1 2.5.2 2.4.8 2.4.2
gcc (7.1.0) 5.3.1 4.8.2 4.6.3 4.4.4
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- -- --
glibc (2.25) 2.23 2.19 2.15 2.12.1
gnome-shell (3.24.2) -- -- -- --
gnucash (2.6.16) -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.34) -- -- -- 1.10.8
grub (2.02) 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 1.99 1.98
gtk+ (3.22.16) 3.18.9 3.14.15 3.4.2 2.22.0
httpd (2.4.26) -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.1) -- -- -- --
k3b (17.04.2) -- -- -- --
kmod (24) 22 15 -- --
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- -- 2.32.0
libreoffice (5.3.4) -- -- -- --
linux (4.11.7) 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 (10.2.6) -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- -- --
mesa (17.1.3) 12.0.6 10.5.9 9.0.3 7.9git
mysql (5.7.18) -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.24.1) -- -- -- 2.32.2
NVIDIA (381.22) -- -- -- 260.19.06
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- --
openjdk (8u131) -- -- -- --
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 (5.26.0) 5.22.1 5.18.2 5.14.2 5.10.1
php (7.1.6) -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.10.3) -- -- -- --
postfix (3.2.2) -- -- -- --
postgresql (9.6.3) -- -- -- --
Python (3.6.1) 2.7.11 2.7.5 2.7.3 2.6.6
qt (5.9.0) 5.5.1 -- -- --
samba (4.6.5) -- 4.1.6 3.6.3 3.5.4
systemd (233) 229 -- -- --
thunderbird (52.2.1) -- -- -- --
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
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Average rating
8.7
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Version: 0.4.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-06-09
Votes: 5


with some tweaking after install it is the best desktop I have seen. It is very homogeneous and stable, better than the basic version of ubuntu unity or flashback with compiz


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Version: 0.4.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-06-06
Votes: 12


This Linux distro is not as popular due to it's macOS look and feel .However, coming from a mac and being spoiled with great stable system with low maintenance (under mac you are required to do zero terminal management) I find elementary OS to be the best alternative and most logical choices from macOS -> Linux swap.

I have tried using Kubuntu, Mint, Ubuntu and they all have issues. Kunbutu is incredibly unstable and not everything works out of the box. Mint feels incomplete and is not really that stable nor that functional but everything works out of the box. Under elementary OS everything works out of the box and is incredibly stable and feels polished and usable.


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Version: 0.4.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-06-02
Votes: 0


I believe that it a low maintenance Linux distro that does not need much understanding to work with. it's only major con might be that it is not well-rounded enough, with basic functionality like formatting pendrives requiring installations. it presents a suitable alternative to windows, especially for low end or outdated machines.




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