View Full Version : Has anyone tried Elementary OS ?

28-09-2013, 04:15 PM
Has anyone tried Elementary OS ?

If so,what did you think of it? Is it OK for a newbie?



Rod J
28-09-2013, 05:37 PM
I haven't looked at it myself but this may give you an idea: Mum tries out Elementary OS Luna Beta 1 (2012) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULblsnv48WM)

29-09-2013, 12:55 PM
Just trying it now using the disk rather than installing. So far works really well, thinking of changing from Mint to this, if all continues to go well I will instal it with Win7 on my laptop.

I just downloaded the .iso, burnt it and then ran it. Online immediately, no fuss unlike Windows. Looks great to me. Will report back if I have any problems.

29-09-2013, 01:07 PM
The browser is REALLY fast.

29-09-2013, 01:29 PM
Just tried installing VLC and then played an HD video clip, no problems.

Liking this, think I will install on my Laptop.

Have to go out now will report back later.

29-09-2013, 02:08 PM
Is it a real new O/S or a based on variant?

Rod J
29-09-2013, 02:32 PM
According to DistroWatch (http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=elementary) it's based on Linux (Debian/Ubuntu) using the Gnome desktop environment. It seems to be made to run as fast as possible by stripping back a lot of the "fluff" many other distros have while remaining functional, hence the name I guess.

Rod J
29-09-2013, 02:47 PM
OK, a correction on the above. The first version was using the Gnome DE but the newer version has a brand new DE called Pantheon: http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/pantheon-de.html

29-09-2013, 04:34 PM
Ok, got it installed on my Toshiba M10 laptop alongside Win7.

Browser doesn't seem as fast as on the desktop which is strange because the laptop is a much better computer.

Install went well, no issues so far.

29-09-2013, 05:01 PM
Installed Audacious, VLC and Firefox, used my Firefox profile from Windows with 58 addons and heaps of extras, working without problems so far.

This Elementary OS seems fine to me so far.

Nick G
29-09-2013, 07:26 PM
Yea its Ubuntu based and uses a whole load of in house tools - Pantheon DE, Gala window manager, etc.

In the couple of weeks I tried it for I noticed:

1 - very fast and stable

2 - surprisingly easy to customise things like animations etc for a distro that places the emphasis on 'just working'

3 - not all programs integrate with the system tray so well, a few require hacks to get them working.

Nick G
29-09-2013, 07:27 PM
Is it a real new O/S or a based on variant?

Base system is Ubuntu, but the devs have done more than most Ubuntu spinoffs - they've built a lot of in house programs, and have written not just a DE but a Window Manager as well.

29-09-2013, 08:51 PM
Will have to have a look

29-09-2013, 09:07 PM
Looks nice, might give it a try.

Time will tell if it's actually usable...

29-09-2013, 09:21 PM
To get apps into the system tray permanently, run them by starting from the application list then they appear in the tray where they can be pinned by right click select.

As for useability, because it comes with very little except essentials, you have to install whatever you require.

I like it better than Ubuntu or Mint or Peppermint so far.

Thank goodness it doesn't have all the crappy eye-candy like Ubuntu (Vista, Win7 - yuk, I only use Windows Classic as in Win2K). Mint is tolerable.