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Elementary OS - free, beautiful, linux distribution

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2y, 2m agoFound 2 years, 2 months ago
Everyone knows linux is free, but it's not always that pretty. I stumbled upon this looking for a replacement os for a friend's xp laptop and I'm currently backing up my W7 installation to replace 7 with this - it's that good!

It looks more OS X than Windows, but the interface is minimal, it just gets out if the way. It's blazing fast installed (you can try the live cd/usb stick version first) and tweaked its functionality window and file-wise is easy to use from Windows users.

Screenshots? Image search 'elementary os'! Check out the video & YouTube reviews.

There's good community support, tutorials, and tweaks, and a dev team who value clean and meaningful changes, keeping it fast & sleak.

If you're looking for a change from Windows but don't have a mac or like the new Yosemite interface then take a look at elementary - I love it!

http://elementaryos.org/
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#1
You've just reminded me - plan to give this a try on my netbook.
#2
it looks like an ubuntu variant. If you have a lower spec netbook it might be worth considering one of the lighter distros as ubuntu tends to have quite a high resource footprint (install size, memory/CPU usage etc.)

"beautiful" shiny GUI effects usually require more resources

Edited By: R37R0 on Jun 29, 2014 15:27
1 Like #3
Linux Mint FTW!

Edit: Am using Kubuntu right now on current machine


Edited By: skykid3 on Jun 29, 2014 19:35
#4
R37R0
it looks like an ubuntu variant. If you have a lower spec netbook it might be worth considering one of the lighter distros as ubuntu tends to have quite a high resource footprint (install size, memory/CPU usage etc.)

"beautiful" shiny GUI effects usually require more resources
This runs lightning-fast on my old laptop, it's pretty light and only needs 512mb ram :)
1 Like #5
I'm using pepermint at the moment which has the ability to turn web pages into self contained web app/widgets
#6
I love this OS but I'm waiting for the next version "Freya" as it's built off the latest Ubuntu and looks super good. Still hot from me :)
#7
ollie13239
I'm using pepermint at the moment which has the ability to turn web pages into self contained web app/widgets

That is a feature of the Chromium web browser rather than Peppermint. You can do the same on any computer running Chromium or Google Chrome as the web browser.

Elementary looks much better these days. I won't be switching to it, as I'm very attached to Debian. But I will be giving it a look to see if it may be a more suitable OS for some of my friends and relatives. Thanks for bringing this one back to my attention OP.
#8
Thanks dancedar for the heads up, tried a few variations and using/trying Lubuntu atm and will give this a try.

(Using it in on old Netbook (HDMI) with a broken screen and makes a cheap HTPC/Browser).
#9
Where is the Link to/of your Elementary free OS please?. :-)
1 Like #10
A quick Google Search has given me: http://elementaryos.org/ (for anyone else that may not be aware) .....

I may just give this a shot?.

Thanx OP .. never heard of Elementary OS before .. thanx. :-)


Edited By: amour3k on Jun 30, 2014 01:01
#11
dlee1
ollie13239
I'm using pepermint at the moment which has the ability to turn web pages into self contained web app/widgets

That is a feature of the Chromium web browser rather than Peppermint. You can do the same on any computer running Chromium or Google Chrome as the web browser.

Elementary looks much better these days. I won't be switching to it, as I'm very attached to Debian. But I will be giving it a look to see if it may be a more suitable OS for some of my friends and relatives. Thanks for bringing this one back to my attention OP.
I was not aware you could , where's the option? within chrome chromium ?
#12
Looks like Mac OS X to me, would there be any point in Mac users installing this?
#13
kidchop
Looks like Mac OS X to me, would there be any point in Mac users installing this?

Freedom from the walled apple garden, and avoiding the imminent arrival of iOS-style uglyness :)

Linux isn't mac and vice versa. Just basing this on visual niceties isn't rely what it's about I don't think.
#14
kidchop
Looks like Mac OS X to me, would there be any point in Mac users installing this?

Seeing as it's not Mac OS then yes why not, it looks better than the usual 'Ubuntu' UI

dancedar
kidchop
Looks like Mac OS X to me, would there be any point in Mac users installing this?

Freedom from the walled apple garden, and avoiding the imminent arrival of iOS-style uglyness :)

Linux isn't mac and vice versa. Just basing this on visual niceties isn't rely what it's about I don't think.

As Linux is just a clone of Unix it may as well be, there are only slight differences and the 'i' integration with the iPod etc lookalike is quiet deliberate and is undoable in the OS so no real loss in usability and only the same as Windows tiled look across the board which some say is fugly so swings and rounabouts.

Linux is a UNIX Clone

But if you consider Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX) standards then Linux can be considered as UNIX. To quote from Official Linux kernel README file:

Linux is a Unix clone written from scratch by Linus Torvalds with assistance from a loosely-knit team of hackers across the Net. It aims towards POSIX compliance.

However, "Open Group" do not approve of the construction "Unix-like", and consider it misuse of their UNIX trademark.


Edited By: Likely2 on Jun 30, 2014 21:33
banned#15
The installer crashes on me, so it's a dud as far as I'm concerned.
#16
Good for dual boot.
(Let you boot into windows or Ubuntu from bootup)
Play about with Linux :)
#17
ollie13239
I was not aware you could , where's the option? within chrome chromium ?

Sorry I didn't get back to you quicker.

Got to the menu (three line icon, top right of browser window). Go to tools and click on the option "Create application shortcuts..." A window pops up with check boxes to create the application on your desktop and/or applications menu/programs menu. Once created the application icon can be moved to another location on your hard drive/USB drive and a shortcut made if required.

The use of this was more focussed upon whilst Google was set on Google Apps dominating the desktop world. Since it went on the back-burner somewhat (focusing only on corporate use), this feature has been less promoted but still exists in the Chromium and Chrome browsers.
#19
That many linux distros now. I use Ubuntu and have Fedora and Centos installed in other machines that we use (I run a gaming server etc).

Haven't looked at how long elementary has been around and what kind of support it has from its dev team.

Always interesting to try new linux distros so i will give this a try and let you know.
#20
I have Ubuntu 14.04 on my desktop, very fast etc but the AMD graphics card is a real problem with 1080p on Youtube, basically can't play them, 720p is pushing it, didn't have that problem with W7.
1 Like #21
dlee1
ollie13239
I was not aware you could , where's the option? within chrome chromium ?

Sorry I didn't get back to you quicker.

Got to the menu (three line icon, top right of browser window). Go to tools and click on the option "Create application shortcuts..." A window pops up with check boxes to create the application on your desktop and/or applications menu/programs menu. Once created the application icon can be moved to another location on your hard drive/USB drive and a shortcut made if required.

The use of this was more focussed upon whilst Google was set on Google Apps dominating the desktop world. Since it went on the back-burner somewhat (focusing only on corporate use), this feature has been less promoted but still exists in the Chromium and Chrome browsers.
you learn something new thanks
#22
Looks nice, however on older machines I'd prefer a lighter distribution such as Lubuntu.
I installed it on a XP Laptop and its very stable.
#23
prowla
The installer crashes on me, so it's a dud as far as I'm concerned.

Unlucky, works fine for 99.99% of other people
#24
It's a great OS. It's awesome on a netbook. However I did have issues with the wireless adapter (samsung N210) so I would recommend having a spare one about
#25
This is really old and dated now. You're better off waiting for the new release. (It was called Isis but they've changed it because of the current affairs).

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