You can download it here: http://elementaryos.org/
Elementary OS review – ‘Jupiter’ is massive, but it’s largely hot air…
What, another Ubuntu-based Linux distro? Yes, but Elementary OS is meant to be something more than just an Ubuntu spin with a different wallpaper. We take a brief look at the new distro to see whether it lives up to its original promise…This article is due to appear in issue 101 of Linux User & Developer magazine. Subscribe and save more than 30% and receive our exclusive money back guarantee – click here to find out more.
Pros: Polished look, a handful of brand new applications and a tweaked file manager
Cons: Several new applications like Slingshot and Pantheon haven’t made it to the first release meaning beyond a couple of original applications and a slick theme, it’s still just an Ubuntu derivative
Homepage: Elementary OS
Nowadays, Ubuntu-based Linux distributions pop up everywhere like mushrooms after the rain. Hardly a week goes by without news of yet another Ubuntu derivative. But many of them don’t go beyond changing the default appearance and software bundle.
At first sight, Elementary OS looks like one of these innumerable Ubuntu clones, albeit a rather pretty one. But unlike other Ubuntu derivatives, the new distro offers more than just a slick new theme. Take a closer look at the Docky launcher, and you’ll notice three new applications: the Postler email client, the Dexter address book, and the Purple dictionary tool.
All of them can be described as applications that favour simplicity and pleasing appearance over functionality — and we mean that in the most positive way. In addition to these new applications, Elementary OS comes with a tweaked version of the Nautilus file manager which sports a few seemingly small changes that significantly improve the overall usability of the file manager.
An examination of the rest of the supplied software bundle reveals the Elementary OS developers’ penchant for lightweight software. So instead of LibreOffice or OpenOffice.org, the new distro ships with the AbiWord word processor and the Gnumeric spreadsheet application. The duties of the default browser are performed by Midori. We reviewed this lightweight browser in a previous issue of Linux User and Developer, where it scored very respectably.