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DistroWatch.com: elementary OS

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: 10 (855), 6 months: 9 (864), 3 months: 8 (955), 4 weeks: 8 (990), 1 week: 10 (948)

Average visitor rating: 8.75/10 from 69 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
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:
 •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 (4.4.12) 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.1
bind (9.11.2) -- -- -- --
chromium (63.0.3239.84) -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.6) 2.1.3 1.7.2 1.5.3 1.4.4
dhcp (4.3.6) 4.3.3 4.2.4 4.1.ESV-R4 3.1.3
e2fsprogs (1.43.7) 1.42.13 1.42.9 1.42 1.41.12
firefox (57.0.2) -- 42.0 -- --
freetype (2.8.1) 2.6.1 2.5.2 2.4.8 2.4.2
gcc (7.2.0) 5.3.1 4.8.2 4.6.3 4.4.4
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- -- --
glibc (2.26) 2.23 2.19 2.15 2.12.1
gnome-shell (3.26.2) -- -- -- --
gnucash (2.6.18-1) -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.37) -- -- -- 1.10.8
grub (2.02) 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 1.99 1.98
gtk+ (3.22.26) 3.18.9 3.14.15 3.4.2 2.22.0
httpd (2.4.29) -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.2) -- -- -- --
k3b (17.08.3) -- -- -- --
kmod (24) 22 15 -- --
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- -- 2.32.0
libreoffice (5.4.3) -- -- -- --
linux (4.14.5) 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 (10.2.11) -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- -- --
mesa (17.3.0) 12.0.6 10.5.9 9.0.3 7.9git
mysql (5.7.20) -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.26.2) -- -- -- 2.32.2
NVIDIA (387.22) -- -- -- 260.19.06
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- --
openjdk (8u151) -- -- -- --
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 (7.2.0) -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.11.4) -- -- -- --
postfix (3.2.4) -- -- -- --
postgresql (10.1) -- -- -- --
Python (3.6.3) 2.7.11 2.7.5 2.7.3 2.6.6
qt (5.10.0) 5.5.1 -- -- --
samba (4.7.3) -- 4.1.6 3.6.3 3.5.4
systemd (235) 229 -- -- --
thunderbird (52.5.0) -- -- -- --
vim (8.0) 7.4 7.4 7.3 --
vlc (2.2.8) -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.19.5) 1.18.4 1.15.1 1.11.4 1.9.0

Reader Ratings
Reader supplied reviews for elementary OS

Average rating
8.8
from 69 review(s)



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Version: 0.4.1
Rating: 3
Date: 2017-12-04
Votes: 9


I really wanted to love this distro, his theme it just beautiful. but... It's TOO MINIMALIST! It's only suitable for "casual" users (The ones who just go on the internet, checking their photos, etc).

I really disagree about chosing Epiphany instead of Firefox or Chromium and Geary instead of Thunderbird or Evolution. Those softwares are too inept. Epiphany is low at HTML5 and CSS3, i Geary can't use POP3.

I you want simple and good looking distro, just stick to Mint.


Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 0.4.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-12-02
Votes: 1


Despite of many small glitches here and there, I like the workflow so much that my tolerance to these small errors increased when I started using elementary. The pros outweigh the cons, I believe.

If you're starting now, experiment with the new elementary-focused curated apps. I'm using a bunch of them. A focused writing program, ISO to USB writer, Notejot (sticky notes), media converter and a lot others. They work quite well.

Cons: couldn't find an IRC channel or a substantial community forum online. Reddit comes close, but it's closed source (pun intended), so I miss COMMUNITY about this distro.


Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 0.3.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-11-28
Votes: 11


I Just wanna say this is my Alltime favourite debian based Linux OS, reminds me the polished MAC like GUI & experience


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