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DistroWatch.com: elementary OS

elementary OS

Last Update: 2017-05-18 06:45 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 (933), 6 months: 10 (849), 3 months: 10 (807), 4 weeks: 9 (808), 1 week: 10 (776)

Average visitor rating: 8.59/10 from 39 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: DistroWatchEveryday 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:
 •2017-07-18 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
CDs 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 1
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Pantheon Pantheon Pantheon GNOME
Package Management DEB DEB DEB DEB
Office Suite -- -- -- GOffice
Processor Architecture x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386
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 (1.1.4.1) 1.1.0 1.0.27.2 1.0.25 1.0.23
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- 8.780
bash (4.4) 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.1
bind (9.11.1-P3) -- -- -- --
chromium (59.0.3071.115) -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.4) 2.1.3 1.7.2 1.5.3 1.4.4
dhcp (4.3.5) 4.3.3 4.2.4 4.1.ESV-R4 3.1.3
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.42.13 1.42.9 1.42 1.41.12
firefox (54.0.1) -- 42.0 -- --
freetype (2.8) 2.6.1 2.5.2 2.4.8 2.4.2
gcc (7.1.0) 5.3.1 4.8.2 4.6.3 4.4.4
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- -- --
glibc (2.25) 2.23 2.19 2.15 2.12.1
gnome-shell (3.24.3) -- -- -- --
gnucash (2.6.17) -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.35) -- -- -- 1.10.8
grub (2.02) 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 1.99 1.98
gtk+ (3.22.17) 3.18.9 3.14.15 3.4.2 2.22.0
httpd (2.4.27) -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.1) -- -- -- --
k3b (17.04.3) -- -- -- --
kmod (24) 22 15 -- --
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- -- 2.32.0
libreoffice (5.3.4) -- -- -- --
linux (4.12.3) 4.8 3.19 3.2 2.6.35
Package 0.4.1
loki
0.3.2
freya
0.2
luna
0.1
jupiter
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.2.7) -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- -- --
mesa (17.1.5) 12.0.6 10.5.9 9.0.3 7.9git
mysql (5.7.19) -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.24.2.1) -- -- -- 2.32.2
NVIDIA (381.22) -- -- -- 260.19.06
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- --
openjdk (8u131) -- -- -- --
openssh (7.5p1) 7.2p2 6.6p1 5.9p1 5.5p1
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.0.2g 1.0.1f 1.0.1 0.9.8o
perl (5.26.0) 5.22.1 5.18.2 5.14.2 5.10.1
php (7.1.7) -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.10.4) -- -- -- --
postfix (3.2.2) -- -- -- --
postgresql (9.6.3) -- -- -- --
Python (3.6.2) 2.7.11 2.7.5 2.7.3 2.6.6
qt (5.9.1) 5.5.1 -- -- --
samba (4.6.6) -- 4.1.6 3.6.3 3.5.4
systemd (234) 229 -- -- --
thunderbird (52.2.1) -- -- -- --
vim (8.0) 7.4 7.4 7.3 --
vlc (2.2.6) -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.18.4 1.15.1 1.11.4 1.9.0

Reader Ratings
Reader supplied reviews for elementary OS

Average rating
8.6
from 39 review(s)



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Version: 0.4.1
Rating: 7
Date: 2017-07-02
Votes: 9


Nice design. Runs very fast. But still has all kind of small bugs. Update system not clear to me.
It has the potential to become one of the most popular Linux distro's but for that some work/debugging has to be done.
Went back to Mint 18.1 Cinnamon which is a bit slower (but still fast) but runs bugfree and also looks not bad.


Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 0.3.2
Rating: 6
Date: 2017-07-01
Votes: 3


Still not ready for prime time.

Elementary has a weird reputation, maybe we could call it bimodal? It has an enormous number of detractors who don't seem to actually use it, but rather don't like their business practices, or compare it to distros that are aimed at a very different user base (e.g. Arch, Gentoo). Then there are those who seem to be seeking a pretty, mac-like experience who rave about it while seeming to be unaware of more polished alternatives that don't need extensive tweaking for basic functionality (e.g. broadband).

There's a tremendous amount of potential here, but unless you occupy a pretty small niche (looking for mac-like aesthetics but don't mind stability issues & missing or subpar features) there are probably better distros for you at this time.


Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 0.4.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-06-30
Votes: 1


In fact the most stable, user-friendly and low-resource distro I know. After-install tweaking is not very difficult and helps to better understand how this excellent system works.

Only missing feature I realized was broadband support in network manager. However, this can easily be replaced by a single short terminal command (e.g. alias bbup='nmcli -t con up "Vodafone"' and alias bbdn='nmcli -t con down "Vodafone) and your broadband card works under elementary loki 0.4.1 like a charm.


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