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Elementary OS 0.3.2 "Freya" Released 86

linuxscreenshot writes: Just in time for the holidays, it's a new release of elementary OS. Freya 0.3.2 is a minor release, mostly focused around solving some issues folks have had with UEFI & SecureBoot, but we've also managed to sneak in some internationalization updates and a couple new features. Screenshots are available.
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Elementary OS 0.3.2 "Freya" Released

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 10, 2015 @12:38AM (#51093247)

    elementary OS with the dark theme is probably the most aesthetically beautiful operating system I have ever seen.

    This is the OS I'm going to dump Windows for. Great job elementary LLC! Keep it up.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      I guess some people care how it looks: I forgot that was something to consider when picking a desktop environment (I'm not going to call it an OS).

      Wow, I guess I'm a bit disconnected to actually not realize people might care about the aesthetics: that should have been obvious. I'm one of those wacky people with javascript turned off who is used to broken web UI everywhere, and happy in a terminal. I Pick my theme based on how annoying it is in a dark room. For most stuff for me its first priority is transpa

    • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 10, 2015 @02:58AM (#51093527)

      Indeed. This is a true contender, like Ubuntu in 2006. I dropped windows for Ubuntu then, but was sad to go back around 2010 when Ubuntu and Gnome went off the UI deep-end. This could bring Linux back to the nerd desktop.

      It's also a sad state of affairs that this really cool attempt at a usable Linux gets downvoted on /. nowadays. How I long for the slashdot where four or five actual users and maybe a core developer would be here...

    • if i was sure they wouldn't abandon it in 6 months, i'd install this on my sister's laptop. she's been on ubuntu or derivatives for about 7 years but keeps quietly coveting her colleagues' osx's looks. this really is a rather presentable UI.

      Pear OS before it had the looks but closed up shop after a year or so. Pear OS looked TOO MUCH like osx. i felt it would make people think one actually wanted to have osx but couldn't afford it.

      • by timothy ( 36799 ) Works for Slashdot

        Well, not that this means it will necessarily be around at any given time in the future, but I've been using Elementary on my most-used desktop system (well, OK, a perma-docked laptop) for at least 6 months, so there's at least some track record ...

        I have some minor quibbles with it (have had the occasional strangeness with printing, and my 2d monitor gets a bit wonky sometimes), but overall am very pleased with Elementary; it does a better job of "it just works" than most systems I've used before of any ki

    • > This is the OS I'm going to dump Windows for.

      I hate MS. I am using FreeBSD.

      But to dump windows because you like the look of the interface of a Linux distro makes no sense at all.

      When I run Windows, it is because Windows runs the apps that FreeBSD won't. Or, in rare cases, because windows works with the hardware that FreeBSD won't.

  • Heh, "OS" (Score:1, Insightful)

    It's a fucking Linux distro, not a distinct operating system. Nothing wrong with posting articles about distro releases (Mint had one recently) but it's pretentious to think it's anything but a nicely-wrapped Linux distribution that I'd imagine still guilt-trips the user if they try to download an ISO without paying for it.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      YALD - Yet Another Linux Distro. yawn. Distrowatch lists a couple of them per day, often more - and that barely touches the seething haystack of distro overchoice. I have to wonder what some of these distros offer in terms of actual usability and applications for doing real work, beyond just the skins, themes and icon candy. Hmm, that would reduce the list of viable distros from a couple of thousand to I guess 5 or 6.

      • Yet Another Ubuntu Derivative.

      • Re:Heh, "OS" (Score:4, Interesting)

        by hey! ( 33014 ) on Thursday December 10, 2015 @12:25PM (#51095151) Homepage Journal

        Well, I played around with it a bit and it's, in a word "nice". It's really nice. It's Oh-my-God-this-thing-is-nice nice. It's probably the distro now I'd demo to someone who was curious about Linux.

        Linux enthusiasts are all about power. To us power equals simplicity; it really is so much easier to open a terminal and type "sudo apt-get install blech" than it is to slash our way through some kind of stupid app-store GUI. So we tolerate a lot of crap in GUIs; ugly, bad layout, lousy typography, idiotically convoluted design, because we implicitly expect GUIs to be badly designed crap. Nice isn't even on our punch list, but don't knock it until you've tried it.

  • About Elementary (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 10, 2015 @12:57AM (#51093301)

    Since I couldn't find it on their site (I had to head over to Wikipedia to find out) I figured I should post it here:
    Elementary is a Linux distribution (Its based on Ubuntu). I was looking around for an FAQ, or their source code, or the license, what ABIs it supports (aka what runs on it) and couldn't find anything on their site other than stuff about how to make good UIs. I think they suck at their main goal.

    ProTip: that icon in the top left of your pages: I had no idea it was a link. The web has standard styles for links, use them! Also, have an about page that says what the project is and why it exists. Your developer page should mention its Linux based, and some info about porting stuff to it, how you manage packages, what licences you like to use, and link to some source, it appears to do none of those things.

    So far I believe Elementary is all about making UIs where I can't tell whats a link, does not fit on my 1440 pixels of vertical space without pages of scrolling, and does not give me any of the things I want. Is there anything good about it, or is it just the Windows 8 style take on linux: new UI because shiny is shiny?

    I only looked into it because I'm interested in OS design. I was wondering it it was a microkernel or not, what licence its under, what security models it has etc. Instead I get a nearly useless pretty looking web site and another Ubuntu mod claiming to be the future. Not interested. It would be nice of the summery made it clear what this linux distro claiming to an OS was, especially since the site is trying to hide it.

    • Extracted from their webpage ( front page)

      Our code is available for review, scrutiny, modification, and redistribution by anyone. Learn More [elementary.io]

      And:

      "We're built on Linux: the same software powering the U.S Department of Defense, the Bank of China, and more."

    • As the AC told, this is an Ubuntu reskin (desktop compositing is different). But it is not just that, it tries to be a MacOsX wannabe. Another one out there. I just dislike how everybody tries to try things for the dumb masses...
  • trying to run it under Virtual Box.

    • I didn't seem to have any trouble in VirtualBox 5.0.10 running on Windows 8.1 (x64) to get this working. The only trouble I had was the Live CD didn't power off when I finished the install so I had to do that manually.
  • by NostalgiaForInfinity ( 4001831 ) on Thursday December 10, 2015 @01:07AM (#51093317)

    It seems like another lightweight Ubuntu variant. Doesn't Xubuntu have that area covered adequately? I mean, if people have fun doing this, good for them, but from the point of view of Ubuntu distributions, it just seems a bit redundant.

  • "Elementary, My Dear Watson!"

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Is it just me or are those screenshots incredibly close to GNOME with some new design slapped on top?

  • by LichtSpektren ( 4201985 ) on Thursday December 10, 2015 @10:23AM (#51094489)
    Sorry, I don't particularly think elementaryOS is beautiful. It basically is just a knock-off of OS X's aesthetics. Midori is not a bad browser, but it doesn't have the same power as Chromium or Firefox; the creators only included it as the default because its UI is the same as Safari's. Same for its music player, control panel, and file manager. Plus there's a lot of annoyances abound in this distro, such as no preinstalled office suite (from what I can tell).

    Basically, it might be a good OS for the specific niche goal of needing Linux to wear the flesh of OS X, but beyond that, it's nothing special.
    • by Desler ( 1608317 )

      It's not even a convincing clone of OS X. It has a passing similarity but beyond that the two aren't even remotely the same. There's far more to how OS X looks and feels beyond a dock and left-hand window buttons. This distro epitomizes cargo cult programming.

      • by hey! ( 33014 )

        I don't find it very mac-like either, but that's not necessarily a flaw. There's a lot of things I don't like about the Mac OSX GUI, starting with the stupid dock, which violates all the pre-MacOS X apple design guidelines; it's just shiny crap as far as I'm concerned; sure it works but it functions less well than the things it replaced.

        The essential, most important element of the Mac interface, pretty much since the original Mac 128K, is the way menus are handled, and ElementaryOS does not copy that. St

    • by hey! ( 33014 )

      Er... copying the aesthetics is more likely to yield a beautiful result than copying the mechanics of the user interface -- not that they went very far on this other than the dock. I've been messing around with elementaryOS on parallels on my MacBook Pro and in fact I think the basic shell looks nicer than the Mac.

      As far as the office suite, well, it's an Ubuntu derived Linux; it has all the usual Linux office suite offerings: LibreOffice, Gnumeric, Abiword, Calligra, etc., plus the usual geeky oddballs li

  • Anyone fool enough to stick with Elementary will soon realize it's biggest drawback: you're locked out of everything. Want to hide all windows? Nope, but they suggest switching to another virtual desktop. How moronic. Any other questions on functions solved elegantly in nearly all other distros? "We're working on a fix." Elementary is garbage designed by fools. So don't even worry about the UI, cause you don't have a choice anyway; they choose the aesthetic and that's that.

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