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elementary OS

Last Update: 2018-03-24 02:02 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: 7 (991), 6 months: 6 (1,182), 3 months: 5 (1,335), 4 weeks: 4 (1,385), 1 week: 4 (1,456)

Average visitor rating: 8.75/10 from 101 review(s).


elementary Summary
Distribution elementary OS
Home Page http://elementary.io/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums
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: DedoimedoDistroWatchEveryday 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:
 •2018-04-10 elementary's new app improvements
 •2018-04-01 elementary's new shortcuts
 •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 (1.1.6) 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 (9.12.1) -- -- -- --
chromium (66.0.3359.117) -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.7) 2.1.3 1.7.2 1.5.3 1.4.4
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.3 4.2.4 4.1.ESV-R4 3.1.3
e2fsprogs (1.44.1) 1.42.13 1.42.9 1.42 1.41.12
firefox (59.0.2) -- 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 (3.28.0) -- -- -- --
gnucash (3.0) -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.39) -- -- -- 1.10.8
grub (2.02) 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 1.99 1.98
gtk+ (3.22.30) 3.18.9 3.14.15 3.4.2 2.22.0
httpd (2.4.33) -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.3) -- -- -- --
k3b (18.04.0) -- -- -- --
kmod (25) 22 15 -- --
krita (4.0.1)        
libreoffice (6.0.3) -- -- -- --
linux (4.16.3) 4.8 3.19 3.2 2.6.35
Package 0.4.1
loki
0.3.2
freya
0.2
luna
0.1
jupiter
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.2.14) -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.1) -- -- -- --
mesa (18.0.1) 12.0.6 10.5.9 9.0.3 7.9git
mysql (8.0.11) -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.28.1) -- -- -- 2.32.2
NVIDIA (390.48) -- -- -- 260.19.06
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- --
openjdk (9.0.4) -- -- -- --
openssh (7.7p1) 7.2p2 6.6p1 5.9p1 5.5p1
openssl (1.1.0h) 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 (7.2.4) -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.12.4) -- -- -- --
postfix (3.3.0) -- -- -- --
postgresql (10.3) -- -- -- --
Python (3.6.5) 2.7.11 2.7.5 2.7.3 2.6.6
qt (5.10.1) 5.5.1 -- -- --
samba (4.8.0) -- 4.1.6 3.6.3 3.5.4
systemd (238) 229 -- -- --
thunderbird (52.7.0) -- -- -- --
vim (8.0) 7.4 7.4 7.3 --
vlc (3.0.1) -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.19.6) 1.18.4 1.15.1 1.11.4 1.9.0

Reader Ratings
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Average rating
8.8
from 101 review(s)



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Version: 0.4.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-04-09
Votes: 10


Clean and aesthetically consistent desktop, quite fast. Convenient notifications, hints over icons, easy access by GUI to mounted media such as flash drives, and good-looking font scaling. Easily customizable for medium-level linux users.

There are a few bugs remaining, but these have been solved by online users: (1) very slow login to desktop, (2) for CLI users, profusion of error messages on launching some X apps from Terminal.

I prefer elementary OS 0.4.1 to other distros I have tried such as Mint and Ubuntu, which reflect Windows 10 style or have interfaces too complicated for the basic stuff.
EOS 0.4.1 is the best choice for someone like me who uses the CLI for serious computing, and wants simplicity in the GUI.


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Version: 0.4.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-04-07
Votes: 0


I've been using this distro for about a year now on my laptop and so far, I've had a great user experience. Everything just works and I like that it ships with minimal number of app, so you can make your own choices right off the bat. Pantheon is very user friendly and boots and shuts down fast. Updates are fast and frequent.

My only problem is that my VPN icon disappears from the panel whenever I open Chrome.

All in all a great distro that great out of the box.


Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 0.4.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-03-31
Votes: 13


I can honestly say I've used 50-60 different distros since my days with Linux started with Red Hat 5.1 Manhattan in 1998. The Pantheon desktop is by far the best environment in existence. My pioneering mind has me trying anything and everything available, but no matter which OS I use I always come back to elementary OS.

To criticize them for one thing though is that some of their apps in the AppCenter are so simplistic and useless that I almost laugh at the fact that the app was created in the first place.

It'll only get better.


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