Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 9th Sep 2016 23:58 UTC
Linux

Loki is the newest version of elementary OS, a design-oriented and open source Linux-based operating system for desktops and laptops. It succeeds Freya which was released in April of 2015.

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ts and implemented over 20 blueprints. Altogether, these represent stability and security improvements, better internationalization, new features and options, and much more.

A great team doing great work. Elementary OS isn't exactly a good fit for the "I compile my own kernel every morning"-type Linux users, but for the more turnkey people among us, it's certainly worth a try.

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Distro news
by robertojdohnert on Sat 10th Sep 2016 05:00 UTC
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2005-07-12

I thought I was told a while ago that you guys dont run news articles or announcements for Linux distro's

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RE: Distro news
by benmhall on Sun 11th Sep 2016 00:07 UTC in reply to "Distro news"
benmhall Member since:
2006-03-08

I thought I was told a while ago that you guys dont run news articles or announcements for Linux distro's


I'm glad this was posted to OSnews. It was the first place I read about the release.

Elementary OS is a great distribution. I used Luna extensively, skipped Freya, but will be testing out Loki for sure. It's hands-down my favourite example of a really elegant Linux desktop interface. At the moment, my main machine is running pure Ubuntu 16.04, but with the Unity bar hidden, Plank running, and looking pretty much like Elementary OS.

I'm glad these guys are still working hard on their distribution.

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RE[2]: Distro news
by tonny on Sun 11th Sep 2016 09:24 UTC in reply to "RE: Distro news"
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2011-12-22

If you want faster linux distro announcement, you can go to www.distrowatch.com

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v Turnkey users
by robertojdohnert on Sat 10th Sep 2016 05:10 UTC
RE: Turnkey users
by mdsama on Sat 10th Sep 2016 07:10 UTC in reply to "Turnkey users"
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2005-07-08

Aw, that's a bit ungenerous, isn't it? It has its own UI and desktop and a bunch of apps. Looks like a lot of work, and looks nice too.

I think the point anyway was about those things, as opposed to kernels and booting and software repositories, etc...

Edited 2016-09-10 07:10 UTC

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RE[2]: Turnkey users
by Sauron on Sat 10th Sep 2016 09:50 UTC in reply to "RE: Turnkey users"
Sauron Member since:
2005-08-02

Aw, that's a bit ungenerous, isn't it? It has its own UI and desktop and a bunch of apps. Looks like a lot of work, and looks nice too.

I think the point anyway was about those things, as opposed to kernels and booting and software repositories, etc...


This is true. Although it's not really my type of distro, Elementary OS is aimed at newcomers to Linux and tries to be as friendly as possible for them. The developers have put a lot of work in to the looks of the desktop and it shows, it is a beautiful desktop to look at, and very easy to use.
It's definitely not aimed at power users and doesn't proclaim to be, however for a new user coming from Windows or Mac they should feel right at home in no time.
Kudos on a new release.

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RE[3]: Turnkey users
by WereCatf on Sat 10th Sep 2016 13:08 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Turnkey users"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

This is true. Although it's not really my type of distro, Elementary OS is aimed at newcomers to Linux and tries to be as friendly as possible for them. The developers have put a lot of work in to the looks of the desktop and it shows, it is a beautiful desktop to look at, and very easy to use.


Indeed. I tried Freya when it was in beta and I was quite impressed by how polished and friendly the distro was, and I really liked the aesthetics, too. There was enough configuration-options and all, but not overwhelmingly so, it looked good to my eye, there was a reasonable selection of software installed and so on. I wouldn't hesitate to offer someone new to Linux a PC with ElementaryOS preinstalled, if they ever wanted to give Linux a go.

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RE[3]: Turnkey users
by jegjessing on Sun 11th Sep 2016 19:46 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Turnkey users"
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2009-03-27

Funny how "power users" are seen upon as users who want to spend all their time on UI that needs and require a lot of tweeking etc.
I'm defenetly a power user, that does NOT mean that I want to spend a lot of time setting up my own laptop.
I use a lot of time setting up servers, developing software etc. and if I also would have to do that on my own machine.. That would just waste my time.
Nope. I want a beautiful desktop that is just working = elementaryOS. I'm sold :-)
Redards from a "Power user"

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RE: Turnkey users
by Morgan on Sat 10th Sep 2016 12:20 UTC in reply to "Turnkey users"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Obviously anecdotal, but it certainly does offer something over Ubuntu for me: It's much faster and smoother on older hardware. I have a 2nd-gen Intel Atom based netbook that chokes on Ubuntu proper even with an SSD and maxed RAM, but on Elementary OS it flies. It's not as fast as Slackware but it's more functional out of the box and has a lot of good tweaks for laptop users. Sane power management defaults, a layout that benefits smaller screens, and little things like a battery manager make it worth installing on a laptop.

No, it's not your stereotypical "1337 haxx0r" Linux distro, but it doesn't try to be.

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Written entirely in Vala
by Moochman on Sat 10th Sep 2016 10:01 UTC
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2005-07-06

Elementary OS has one advantage for people who are interested in contributing: its entire code base including applications is written entirely in Vala, which is a much more "modern" and elegant language than the pure-C-based approach that most Gtk-based DEs use. This should in theory make it a boon for getting contributions from the community, or at the very least for hobbyists to hack on.

Edited 2016-09-10 10:01 UTC

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Nice work
by gotocaca on Sat 10th Sep 2016 13:16 UTC
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2014-02-22

it's à Nice pièce of distribution, although there is nothing New such as design improvement, gesture optimisation or artwork that would shock your eyes.

I think android x86 can do à better job for the aimed public. Millions of apps. Chrome Os could be faster.

Anyway, if I start à distribution one day, i'd love to see so many downloads.

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who really compiles their kernels anymore?
by bnolsen on Sat 10th Sep 2016 15:30 UTC
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2006-01-06

pretty lame claim there. Those who actually rice their systems is a tiny percentage of linux users. They certainly are not the norm.

I suspect that elementary OS's biggest competition on ease of use would be chromeos and its derivatives.

I shortly installed it on a first gen 64bit dual core atom with 2G ram and it was laggy, especially next to neverware cloudeady's build of chromeos.

Edited 2016-09-10 15:32 UTC

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M.Onty Member since:
2009-10-23

who really compiles their kernels anymore?

pretty lame claim there. Those who actually rice their systems is a tiny percentage of linux users. They certainly are not the norm.


He's not being literal.

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l3v1 Member since:
2005-07-06

I'm not really representative, since I only handle 2 servers, but I do compile their kernels. Not on my desktop machines and laptops though ;) And I've always liked Elementary ;)

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Icon set
by Ishan333 on Wed 14th Sep 2016 11:31 UTC
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2012-06-27

I really like their style and coherence through the system but their icon set is just not my cup of tea. It's borderline ugly, not up to the standard they claim they have. But that's an easy fix I guess.
The new version is very nice under VBox.

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