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elementary OS

Last Update: 2019-04-11 06:22 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: 4 (1,678), 6 months: 6 (1,398), 3 months: 5 (1,292), 4 weeks: 6 (1,133), 1 week: 7 (1,070)

Average visitor rating: 8.03/10 from 222 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
Download Mirrors http://elementary.io/
Bug Tracker https://bugs.launchpad.net/elementary
Related Websites --
Reviews 5.0: CMS CriticLinux JournalOrdinatechnicDistroWatchHeise (German)
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:
 • 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
 • 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
 • More elementary releases...

 •2019-04-02 elementary OS to support Flatpak
 •2018-09-19 elementary team answers questions
 •2018-08-01 elementary gains full-time contributor
 •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
 • 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 5.0
Release Date 2018-10-16 2017-05-17 2015-12-09 2013-08-11 2011-04-01
End Of Life          
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1400-1500 1000-1100      
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Pantheon Pantheon Pantheon Pantheon GNOME
Package Management DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite -- -- -- -- GOffice
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386
Init Software systemd 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 Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS
Multilingual Yes        
Asian Language Support          
Full Package List 5.0 0.4.1 0.3.2 0.2 0.1
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Version: 5.0
Rating: 8
Date: 2019-08-24
Votes: 0

I like it. Despite it looking like a mac. :-)

There are only a few customizations I needed - like being able to have files on my desktop. Getting there was not bad. Everything else, I took out the box. My vpn to work just worked. And I like - IT WORKED. It handled the NVIDIA drivers without me having to worry about them. Prime, just worked., I can switch between the intel driver and nvidia drivers with just a click and a log out. The 4k scaling worked well out of the box. I didn't have to do anything to get the UI readable on the 4k laptop. I have to figure out how to make the Citrix workstation to accept my companies certs, but I think that is a Citrix thing and not Elementary OS thing.

I do not like the idea of having to reinstall to get a new version of the OS. So when 5.1 comes out, I will have to just reinstall. That I am just about sick of, and I've only had to do it twice. So what should have been a 10 for the experience, turned to an 8 because an upgrade option would be nice.

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Version: 5.0
Rating: 8
Date: 2019-08-23
Votes: 3

I've been a Mac user since 1998. One of my old machines could not run an OS beyond 10.7.5, so I installed ElementaryOS on it and gave it to my 10yr old son. To him it feels very much like a Mac, has features which are not available in MacOS 10.7.5, has a wealth of free software which he loves digging through, and exposes him to Linux. It is very stable - not a single crash in 3 months since I setup - which means that I don't have to keep trouble shooting for him.

Thoroughly recommended as an operating system (although I still love my MacOS)

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Version: 5.0
Rating: 5
Date: 2019-08-18
Votes: 2

I have been using elementary OS Freya for 3 years as my main operating sytem and I love it. I would keep using it, if it was still getting security updates. Elementary OS Juno? No. I installed Juno and I have been trying for a week to get the bugs out of it. It's just not worth all that effort. Freya is much cleaner looking than either Loki or Juno. Sometimes new and "improved" is not better. I will keep using Freya as long as possible and then probably switch to a different distro. Maybe the next version of elementary OS will be an improvement over Freya.

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