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DistroWatch.com: elementary OS

elementary OS

Last Update: 2016-09-09 23:24 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 (963), 6 months: 10 (854), 3 months: 10 (846), 4 weeks: 13 (730), 1 week: 18 (639)

Average visitor rating: 9/10 from 20 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 LinuxQuestions.orgDistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts LinuxQuestions.org
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:
 • 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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  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.

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Feature 0.4
loki
0.3.2
freya
0.2
luna
0.1
jupiter
Release Date 2016-09-09 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 0.3.2 0.2 0.1
Package 0.4
loki
0.3.2
freya
0.2
luna
0.1
jupiter
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- 2.8.6
alsa-lib (1.1.3) 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) -- -- -- --
chromium (58.0.3029.81) -- -- -- --
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 (53.0) -- 42.0 -- --
freetype (2.7.1) 2.6.1 2.5.2 2.4.8 2.4.2
gcc (6.3.0) 5.3.1 4.8.2 4.6.3 4.4.4
gimp (2.8.20) -- -- -- --
glibc (2.25) 2.23 2.19 2.15 2.12.1
gnome-shell (3.24.1) -- -- -- --
gnucash (2.6.16) -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.34) -- -- -- 1.10.8
grub (2.02) 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 1.99 1.98
gtk+ (3.22.12) 3.18.9 3.14.15 3.4.2 2.22.0
httpd (2.4.25) -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.1) -- -- -- --
k3b (17.04.0) -- -- -- --
kmod (24) 22 15 -- --
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- -- 2.32.0
libreoffice (5.3.2) -- -- -- --
linux (4.10.13) 4.4 3.19 3.2 2.6.35
Package 0.4
loki
0.3.2
freya
0.2
luna
0.1
jupiter
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.1.22) -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- -- --
mesa (17.0.5) 11.2.0 10.5.9 9.0.3 7.9git
mysql (5.7.18) -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.24.1) -- -- -- 2.32.2
NVIDIA (378.13) -- -- -- 260.19.06
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- --
openjdk (8u131) -- -- -- --
openssh (7.5p1) 7.2p2 6.6p1 5.9p1 5.5p1
openssl (1.1.0e) 1.0.2g 1.0.1f 1.0.1 0.9.8o
perl (5.24.1) 5.22.1 5.18.2 5.14.2 5.10.1
php (7.1.4) -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.9.5) -- -- -- --
postfix (3.2.0) -- -- -- --
postgresql (9.6.2) -- -- -- --
Python (3.6.1) 2.7.11 2.7.5 2.7.3 2.6.6
qt (5.8.0) 5.5.1 -- -- --
samba (4.6.3) -- 4.1.6 3.6.3 3.5.4
systemd (233) 229 -- -- --
thunderbird (52.1.0) -- -- -- --
vim (8.0) 7.4 7.4 7.3 --
vlc (2.2.4) -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.3) -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.18.3 1.15.1 1.11.4 1.9.0

Reader Ratings
Reader supplied reviews for elementary OS

Average rating
9.0
from 20 review(s)



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Version: 0.4
Rating: 8
Date: 2017-04-29
Votes: 1


This is a great distro and it is very elegant to use. The Pantheon Desktop is beautiful, well layed out and simple. I have tried, but have fallen away from their apps. Some reasons are below.

Music (Noise), this app is sluggish and eats resources. Back to Rhythmbox.
Epiphany, buggy and lacking many features to be considered an every day app. Installed Opera
Mail, only does IMAP, Evolution installed.
Photos, works just fine. Gthumb is faster with more features.
Videos, works just fine. Prefer MPV
Calendar, I could never get it to import anything and it wasn't usable for anything other than flipping through dates,
though the Evolution entries do show up fine.
Files, I love this file manager. It just works and is fast, though I had to create manual contractor entries for right click menus.
Terminal, works fine and I use it.
Scratch, works great and I use it, though I wish they would shorten the name to just scratch instead of scratch-text-editor. The full name makes the command line an unnecessary pain.
Camera, can't speak of it as I don't use it.
App Store, I get that they are funded through some advertising but I never tried this app. I installed the Synaptic Package Manager right away.

If I had suggestions for the developers, there would be 3.
1) Create an entry in Files to bridge Contractor and create custom entries.
2) Include a Tweaks App. for settings.
3) Concentrate on Pantheon, not the apps. Most of us are going to install our preferred choices anyway.






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Version: 0.4
Rating: 7
Date: 2017-04-13
Votes: 19


So beautiful, elegant and light-weight OS.
I like it because this OS is installed with only basic things not only its appearance.

But there are too many bugs, especially at the App Center. so eventually I install another distro although it is the OS that I like and want to use the most.

If this OS fixes bugs and is more stable someday, it will be the most beloved distro for most Linux users.




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Version: 0.4
Rating: 4
Date: 2017-04-10
Votes: 10


This is a very pretty OS and I think it's developers are on the right track. However, in its current state it is terribley unstable and is missing way to many needed packages right out of the box for begginers. On the fomer issue, the top menue bar bugs out and I had to disable security features in terminal to get it back. While it was top menue bar was broken, I had no access to apps and had to open the terminal via hotkeys that I had to google.

On the topic of missing packages, an example is that it doesn't come with libre office and their store doesn't have it either. To install Libre office you would have to go to the terminal and use apt-get install libreoffice to install the software. There is no other word processor installed save for their text editor for code.

I think it has potential and can be something good one day, but this software is still definitly in beta (hence the 0.4 version rather than 1.4). I have no idea why it has so many positive reviews however, as this OS really does not deliver to the market it advertises for, begginers.

I will probably check it out again in the future and possibly work on development on it eventually, as I see this being a great OS given time.


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