In this article I will comment on some of the most important details of Elementary OS Luna, the anticipated new version of the distribution based on Ubuntu and inspired by OS X. Tests have been carried out through a VirtualBox virtual machine and my intention was not to measure the performance of Elementary OS on a quantitative level, but rather analyze certain elements when using.What is Elementary
Being the second version of this distribution, I think this is an obvious question, so I’ll turn to Wikipedia for us to enter this operating system:
Elementary OS is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu. Use a desktop environment based on GNOME with shell itself called Pantheon. Such an environment known for being lighter than GNOME Shell and integration with other applications of elementary OS and Plank (dock) and Midori (web browser).
After the explanation of Wikipedia, we can deduce that this is one of the many clones of Ubuntu, but fortunately this has some personality and comes to bring something.
Moon Elementary OS is based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS version and installation is completely stuck, with the same steps, so that most Linux users Basic have no problem to install Elementary OS.
If you are new to this, seek in Google install Ubuntu 12.04 so that you appear manuals on how to install Elementary OS. The tutorials screenshots will look different to the system in question, but everything is located in the same places, so no loss.
highlight of this distribution is its polished aesthetic and spectacle that wastes. The session started screen is impressive, with effects resultones the sea, away from the simple style have always seen on the Linux desktop.
Once logged in, you finally see the true face of Elementary OS, where inspiration OS X is more than evident and is very attractive.
After the first look, I will mention the two most notable of its particular interface, Pantheon , another party member in the fragmentation of GNOME 3 or , put another way, another shell again, as Unity, GNOME Shell or Cinnamon.
Slingshot is the menu / launcher / finder Pantheon, which replaces the Unity Dash.
As you can see from the picture, your launcher is intended to be something more like a classic than the GNOME Shell and Unity, which occupy the entire screen or a good part of it. Although it looks nice, the truth is shown somewhat limited.
First, the fact that Slingshot not activated through the key Super (known as Windows Key ) is something that really bothered me, since both Unity and GNOME-Shell if activated by pressing the key, which helps a lot to its usability. This leaves the pitcher Pantheon a little no man’s land, since its operation is like the classic one but its activation is like the modern one, having to carry the mouse cursor somewhere on the screen (in this case , the top left of the screen).
It can be seen that the Pantheon launcher shows several categories and to select and view applications containing no need to click, which I also do not see very practical. I personally think that the change of status should be made by hover , that is, putting the mouse cursor over a category to display its applications. Although this last detail is a personal opinion, I think it would help this pitcher to win speed of use.
Ultimately, the pitcher has good intentions, but was somewhat lower than the competition, but fortunately the search does just fine in his role.
dock Plank is the Pantheon, located at the bottom of the screen and like any other software of this style its mission is to make application launcher while taskbar .
Plank is simple to use and the icons can be dragged to change its position. You can also highlight that makes clear what applications are running through signals in the base colors of icons and docks that are somewhat confusing sometimes when minimize applications, leaving very visible if they are in running or not, which may make you confuse and eventually have more programs running account.
Add icons to Plank is very simple, you just have to drag them to it and to remove by simply clicking the right mouse button displays the context menu to delete it.
However, not everyone is nice to Plank as to modify their behavior and appearance we must lead Desk – Dock Preferences system . Personally, I think they should be able to access these options through the dock context menu to make it a bit more practical.
pretend to be a lightweight operating system, that is, to consume few resources, and it shows in some applications by default.
default Web browser we have to Midori , which although has good intentions, I think you needed to play a role as well in a distribution, as sometimes shows me the mobile versions of websites rather than the desktop version, plus it shows limited for password management.
have mail client Geary , which no offense, is more than green. A mail client that does not allow POP? That’s like a hot dog without sausage, missing the best. Certainly today’s POP is not used much, but I use it to an email account where I have computer tutorials so you can consult them without an internet connection.
Another highlight is application Scratch , the plain text editor. It is far from reinventing the wheel, but I delight Supersimple much its interface and is able to recognize the syntax of some languages, such as HTML.
Then we have a series of classic GNOME applications like Empathy as instant messaging program, Rhythmbox for audio, Totem to the video Shotwell as an organizer and viewer.
Elementary default OS does not bring a large number of applications, which will appeal to people who want a fully tailored to your needs, without the frills, but I think the first thing you should do when the system estrenéis is to install Firefox or Chrome / Chromium if you want to have a good web browser and Thunderbird or Evolution to have good email client.
not cut hair as being a clone of Ubuntu and drink directly from the repositories of Ubuntu 12.04, allowing you to have your support while.
Ubuntu 12.04 repositories, Elementary OS has a number of PPA installed by default to update their desktop environment, allowing developers to focus on what they want to do.
Elementary OS using Ubuntu Software Center , an element that will help a lot in the migration of Canonical system fans. It is worth mentioning that you can directly install the Ubuntu Restricted Extras package , which installs all proprietary software necessary for a proper media experience, both as a web system.
Bridging the gap
aesthetic and some extra class, the control panel Elementary OS is practically nailed to the Canonical system and this in turn is based on the control panel GNOME 3, which does not involve any complication those who are well off to the latest version of the GTK desktop par excellence.
note is a system (or rather environment ) again and has some debugging stuff. Apart from the criticism to Plank and Pantheon, this system has some small glitches design (at the application level, not aesthetic) somewhat silly.
Elementary OS has a default close button at the top left of the windows, it makes to have the window maximized monitor setup can not close, minimize forcing to close .
Although certain details that after all are not serious, Elementary OS has come stomping and becoming pull the GNU / Linux more beautiful and dramatic story , at least default in appearance.
people who are familiar with Ubuntu will not find trouble adjusting to Elementary OS, but as I said before, nothing to install the system you will have to get some applications that are not by philosophy but in my opinion you can not miss .
Elementary OS is
not revolutionize anything technical level, but it certainly has become a benchmark in terms of external appearance care, something that is taken into account since Apple has become fashionable and sometimes is valued more than the technical quality of the software itself. If one day someone tells you that GNU / Linux is ugly, this system is definitely your best weapon to put teeth long.
I leave you with a little video, a little creepy, but at least show some beauty and magnificence of this operating system.