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elementary OS

Last Update: 2021-09-06 00:19 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.

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Average visitor rating: 6.93/10 from 312 review(s).


elementary Summary
Distribution elementary OS
Home Page https://elementary.io/
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User Forums --
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Documentation https://elementary.io/docs/learning-the-basics
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Download Mirrors https://elementary.io/DistroWatch Torrent Archive
Bug Tracker https://bugs.launchpad.net/elementary
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2021-08-10: Distribution Release: elementary OS 6.0
 • 2021-06-16: Development Release: elementary OS 6.0 Beta 2
 • 2021-05-01: Development Release: elementary OS 6.0 Beta
 • 2020-05-02: Distribution Release: elementary OS 5.1.4
 • 2020-02-07: Distribution Release: elementary OS 5.1.2
 • 2019-12-03: Distribution Release: elementary OS 5.1
 • 2018-10-16: Distribution Release: elementary OS 5.0
 • 2018-09-21: Development Release: elementary OS 5.0 Beta 2
 • 2018-07-04: Development Release: elementary OS 5.0 Beta 1
 • 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
 • More elementary releases...

  Headlines:
 •2021-10-05 elementary OS improves its app centre
 •2020-12-05 elementary OS being tested on the Raspberry Pi
 •2020-12-02 elementary OS to gain multi-touch gestures
 •2020-10-07 elementary team plans features for version 6
 •2020-08-11 elementary team previews features for version 6
 •2020-06-04 elementary OS streamlining updates
 •2020-04-06 elementary team polishes their desktop
 •2020-02-04 elementary team provides overview of new features
 •2020-01-17 elementary team plans features for 2020
 •2019-11-07 elementary team plans new greeter and installer
 • More elementary headlines...

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Feature 6.0
odin
5.1.7
hera
5.0
juno
0.4.1
loki
0.3.2
freya
0.2
luna
0.1
jupiter
Feature
Release Date 2021-08-10 2020-08-14 2018-10-16 2017-05-17 2015-12-09 2013-08-11 2011-04-01 Release Date
End Of Life               End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 2200-2300 1400-1500 1400-1500 1000-1100       Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Installation
Default Desktop Pantheon Pantheon Pantheon Pantheon Pantheon Pantheon GNOME Default Desktop
Package Management DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite -- -- -- -- -- -- GOffice Office Suite
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386 Processor Architecture
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd Upstart Upstart Upstart Init Software
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 Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Journaled File Systems
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes         Multilingual
Asian Language Support               Asian Language Support
Full Package List 6.0 5.1.7 5.0 0.4.1 0.3.2 0.2 0.1 Full Package List
Package 6.0
odin
5.1.7
hera
5.0
juno
0.4.1
loki
0.3.2
freya
0.2
luna
0.1
jupiter
Package
abiword (3.0.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.8.6 abiword (3.0.5)
alsa-lib (1.2.5.1) 1.2.2 1.1.3 1.1.3 1.1.0 1.0.27.2 1.0.25 1.0.23 alsa-lib (1.2.5.1)
ati-driver (20.45) -- -- -- -- -- -- 8.780 ati-driver (20.45)
bash (5.1.8) 5.0 4.4.18 4.4.18 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.1 bash (5.1.8)
bind (9.16.23) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.16.23)
chromium (96.0.4664.45) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (96.0.4664.45)
cups (2.3.3) 2.3.1 2.2.7 2.2.7 2.1.3 1.7.2 1.5.3 1.4.4 cups (2.3.3)
dhcp (4.4.2-P1) 4.4.1 4.3.5 4.3.5 4.3.3 4.2.4 4.1.ESV-R4 3.1.3 dhcp (4.4.2-P1)
e2fsprogs (1.46.4) 1.45.5 1.44.1 1.44.1 1.42.13 1.42.9 1.42 1.41.12 e2fsprogs (1.46.4)
firefox (94.0.2) -- -- -- -- 42.0 -- -- firefox (94.0.2)
freetype (2.11.0) 2.10.1 2.8.1 2.8.1 2.6.1 2.5.2 2.4.8 2.4.2 freetype (2.11.0)
gcc (11.2.0) -- -- 7.3.0 5.3.1 4.8.2 4.6.3 4.4.4 gcc (11.2.0)
gimp (2.10.28) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gimp (2.10.28)
glibc (2.34) 2.31 2.27 2.27 2.23 2.19 2.15 2.12.1 glibc (2.34)
gnome-shell (41.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (41.1)
gnucash (4.8) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (4.8)
gnumeric (1.12.50) -- -- -- -- -- -- 1.10.8 gnumeric (1.12.50)
grub (2.06) 2.04 2.02 2.02 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 1.99 1.98 grub (2.06)
gtk (4.4.1) 3.24.20 3.22.30 3.22.30 3.18.9 3.14.15 3.4.2 2.22.0 gtk (4.4.1)
httpd (2.4.51) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.51)
inkscape (1.1.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (1.1.1)
k3b (21.08.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (21.08.3)
kmod (29) 27 24 24 22 15 -- -- kmod (29)
krita (4.4.8) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (4.4.8)
libreoffice (7.2.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libreoffice (7.2.3)
linux (5.15.5) 5.11 5.4 4.15 4.8 3.19 3.2 2.6.35 linux (5.15.5)
Package 6.0
odin
5.1.7
hera
5.0
juno
0.4.1
loki
0.3.2
freya
0.2
luna
0.1
jupiter
Package
lxpanel (0.10.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.10.1)
mariadb (10.6.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.6.5)
mate-desktop (1.26.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.26.0)
mesa (21.3.0) 21.0.3 20.0.8 18.0.5 12.0.6 10.5.9 9.0.3 7.9git mesa (21.3.0)
mysql (8.0.27) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (8.0.27)
nautilus (41.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.32.2 nautilus (41.1)
NVIDIA (495.44) -- -- -- -- -- -- 260.19.06 NVIDIA (495.44)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (17.0.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (17.0.1)
openssh (8.8p1) 8.2p1 7.6p1 7.6p1 7.2p2 6.6p1 5.9p1 5.5p1 openssh (8.8p1)
openssl (3.0.0) 1.1.1f 1.1.1 1.1.0g 1.0.2g 1.0.1f 1.0.1 0.9.8o openssl (3.0.0)
perl (5.34.0) 5.30.0 5.26.1 5.26.1 5.22.1 5.18.2 5.14.2 5.10.1 perl (5.34.0)
php (8.1.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (8.1.0)
plasma-desktop (5.23.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.23.3)
postfix (3.6.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.6.3)
postgresql (14.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (14.1)
Python (3.10.0) 3.8.2 3.6.7 3.6.7 2.7.11 2.7.5 2.7.3 2.6.6 Python (3.10.0)
qt (6.2.1) 5.12.8 5.9.5 5.9.5 5.5.1 -- -- -- qt (6.2.1)
samba (4.15.2) -- -- -- -- 4.1.6 3.6.3 3.5.4 samba (4.15.2)
systemd (249.7) 245.4 237 237 229 -- -- -- systemd (249.7)
thunderbird (91.3.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (91.3.2)
vim (8.2) 8.1 8.0 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.3 -- vim (8.2)
vlc (3.0.16) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (3.0.16)
xfdesktop (4.16.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.16.0)
xorg-server (21.1.1) 1.20.11 1.20.8 1.19.6 1.18.4 1.15.1 1.11.4 1.9.0 xorg-server (21.1.1)

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Version: 6.0
Rating: 1
Date: 2021-11-24
Votes: 7


Minimalism is dated and a resource hog and that’s what this distro is about. Developers focus only on the looks which they try to make it look like the skeuomorphic Mac OS X days, but fail horribly. Apps crash a lot and then this distro broke my boot loader. AVOID!


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Version: 5.1.7
Rating: 5
Date: 2021-11-11
Votes: 8


Installed it for a friend on a Thinkpad about 2 or 3 years ago, it worked so far for him, as he doesn't use the laptop very often or exessive.

Recently he could not log in anymore. I found out, that elementary never deleted old linux-kernels, therefore no space was left on the harddisk. Managed to clean up with autoremove in the terminal, afterwards there was 10Gb free Space again.

This is surely NOT beginner friendly!


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Version: 6.0
Rating: 1
Date: 2021-11-09
Votes: 13


Struggling to understand who is this really for... beginners?
After a week of using this, that doesn't make sense.

Out of the box, this "OS" is wrapped in a straight jacket. Meaning it's very restrictive with it's interface and overall work flow.

Yet on the flip side, it's the Wild Wild West with its heavy dependency on Snaps, Flatpaks and with zero oversight. There is just nothing in their own repository. Very strange. This also creates an inconsistent dark mode throughout.

Hardware... this is where it really falls apart. Does not play well with Nvidia. Just a ton of screen tearing and performance problems. Strange oddities with bluetooth and wireless. Ethernet connection seemed to be fine.

IMO, has a long way to go to catch up with most distributions.






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