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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 (904), 6 months: 7 (1,004), 3 months: 6 (1,107), 4 weeks: 6 (1,312), 1 week: 6 (1,314)

Average visitor rating: 8.72/10 from 95 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
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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:
 •2018-02-19 elementary OS improving OEM disk encryption
 •2018-02-06 Plans for the AppCentre
 •2017-10-28 elementary OS's AppCenter has 50 apps
 •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 (1.1.5) 1.1.0 1.0.27.2 1.0.25 1.0.23
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- 8.780
bash (4.4.18) 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.1
bind (9.12.0) -- -- -- --
chromium (64.0.3282.167) -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.6) 2.1.3 1.7.2 1.5.3 1.4.4
dhcp (4.4.0) 4.3.3 4.2.4 4.1.ESV-R4 3.1.3
e2fsprogs (1.43.9) 1.42.13 1.42.9 1.42 1.41.12
firefox (58.0.2) -- 42.0 -- --
freetype (2.9) 2.6.1 2.5.2 2.4.8 2.4.2
gcc (7.3.0) 5.3.1 4.8.2 4.6.3 4.4.4
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- -- --
glibc (2.27) 2.23 2.19 2.15 2.12.1
gnome-shell (3.26.2) -- -- -- --
gnucash (2.6.19) -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.38) -- -- -- 1.10.8
grub (2.02) 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 1.99 1.98
gtk+ (3.22.28) 3.18.9 3.14.15 3.4.2 2.22.0
httpd (2.4.29) -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.2) -- -- -- --
k3b (17.12.2) -- -- -- --
kmod (25) 22 15 -- --
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- -- 2.32.0
libreoffice (6.0.1) -- -- -- --
linux (4.15.4) 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 (10.2.13) -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.0) -- -- -- --
mesa (17.3.5) 12.0.6 10.5.9 9.0.3 7.9git
mysql (5.7.21) -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.26.2) -- -- -- 2.32.2
NVIDIA (390.25) -- -- -- 260.19.06
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- --
openjdk (8u161) -- -- -- --
openssh (7.6p1) 7.2p2 6.6p1 5.9p1 5.5p1
openssl (1.1.0g) 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 (7.2.2) -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.12.1) -- -- -- --
postfix (3.2.5) -- -- -- --
postgresql (10.2) -- -- -- --
Python (3.6.4) 2.7.11 2.7.5 2.7.3 2.6.6
qt (5.10.1) 5.5.1 -- -- --
samba (4.7.5) -- 4.1.6 3.6.3 3.5.4
systemd (237) 229 -- -- --
thunderbird (52.6.0) -- -- -- --
vim (8.0) 7.4 7.4 7.3 --
vlc (3.0.0) -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.19.6) 1.18.4 1.15.1 1.11.4 1.9.0

Reader Ratings
Reader supplied reviews for elementary OS

Average rating
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Version: 0.4.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-02-14
Votes: 18


I've move around quite a bit over the last couple months and have found some good distros, some great distros as well as some that were just not to my liking. It had been a couple years since I tried elementary so I figured "What the heck...give it a try." and I'm glad I did so.

Install went quickly and easily, full-disk encryption was available, updates easily done and the OS is seriously fast on an i5 with 8GB memory and 250GB SSD. Boot (including disk decryption) is under 25 seconds from power on to loaded DE.

Once up and running, I installed elementary-tweaks plus the apps I regularly use. All was done with zero complications or errors. My only complaint here is that the tweak tool isn't included out of the box but no big deal. For those folks who believe the DE is too 'locked-down', I have a hard time understanding the comment. As a Linux user with 8+ years of user experience, I find it able to accomplish anything I need it to.

After reaquainting myself with the Pantheon DE over the course of a couple weeks and solving a few issues I have what I believe to be the best all-around Linux solution for my machines (installed on two others) and look forward to a long stay with elementary. I'm looking forward to the next release with a great deal of anticipation.

The only wish I have for the OS is in terms of the file manager. Files works well but lacks some of the expanded functionality of something like Nemo or Dolphin. Easily remedied and since elementary is aimed at new users, no harm-no foul.

Hats of to Daniel and the entire Team at eOS!


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Version: 0.4.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-02-13
Votes: 9


Super minimal, super fast and stable. Wonderful UI. Add what you need and have a clean system. Best Distro i have used. Used (Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint)


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Version: 0.4.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-02-13
Votes: 0


Best distro for Normal use. A Very clean desktop. For me is a best linux d.


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