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elementary

elementary OS is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu. It is the flagship distribution to showcase the Pantheon desktop environment. The distribution promotes itself as a “fast, open, and privacy-respecting” replacement to macOS and Windows. It focuses mainly on non-technical users, and has a pay-what-you-want model. The OS is developed by elementary, Inc.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elementary_OS
Homepage: https://elementary.io/

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j0ust

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As a former IT teacher I used Elementary as a gateway OS for linux. The reason is that it's Ubuntu base added ease of use for newbies and the tweaked up pantheon desktop offered ease of access with eye candy. I didn't have to jump through hoops to have students follow along. They quickly grew out of it though but for my purposes it was perfect.

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Stanley

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If you like wearing a straight jacket, elementary is for you. The default experience works well enough, the PPA overlay introduce many compatibility issues for 3rd party software that just works on Ubuntu.

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If you like the look and feel of MacOS you'd probably like this one. Similarly, like MacOS, customizability is also limited.

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Jamal

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A great distro if you like a simple, clean desktop. The encouragement to pay for software is an interesting approach, hopefully it is helping developers get paid for their work.

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Jake

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Beginner friendly desktop but it lacks customization due to there apple like ecosystem. Very easy for people to use I personally think it needs a facelift on the customization part. Overall solid system

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Thyrth

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One of the best Mac like and it's own special spin on it one of the best desktops I've ever seen and used. If your coming over from Mac it's a perfect steeping stone.

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Krochi

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If you are helping someone switch from Windows/Mac to Linux, this is a great way to do it. People who are "afraid of using something that is free" can easily pay for this distro and the software found in their market place. I've used this off and on since they started and it just keeps getting better and better. Because it is based from Ubuntu, you can find lots of support to help you troubleshoot any issues you run into while using it.

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I've used Elementary off and on since it's first release. I love the elegance of the desktop environment and the ease of use for new users. For that reason, when non-technical friends or family members ask for advice on leaving Windows or MacOS I point them to Elementary. You could obviously use it for servers or whatever you want, but it's designed to be a Linux desktop, and I think it does that very well. The devs made it more restrictive than most other distros, but for most users who are used to being locked in to a desktop theme and getting apps from a curated store it's fine. Otherwise, it's only a few short bash commands to remove those restrictions and get your typical Linux options back.

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DrunkenAlcoholic

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An ok distro, unfortunately it is confused on its gender and what it should be, It is a Linux distribution but dresses up like MacOS. Looks very nice and has a very nice software manager with an option to donate money to the software developer, it does feel very restrictive when it comes to customisation as it really does want to be a mac deep down. overall if you looking for something pretty and contribute to software developers using the software manager donation system then this is a great distro.

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Rampant Panda

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I've used elementary now for six months on my eight years old laptop. Everything is smooth, stable and fast. The installation is very easy with sane defaults for everything. And after installation, everything looks great and works out of the box. There is less room for customization than with most other distros, but that seems to be the intent of the developers: they have figured everything out so the user doesn't have to. With all other distros I have used, I tend to tinker with the system just because it's possible, often breaking it sooner than later. With elementary, I tend to actually do stuff.