Elementary OS Luna user ReviewLast Month Elementary OS released Luna version 0.2 Beta1, so i got my hands on it only yesterday and would like to write a quick review about it for future users who would want to use it when its finally revealed when ready.
So, Lets Start with hardware i used for VMware machine, i have an i7 @2.3GHz : so i used 2 cores with 2048 MB RAM and 25 GB hard-disk.
Installation: Very easy installation with no complicated steps, just select the option like if you are going to use it with an other OS or as a solo operating system, select your country and the installation will be done in around 5-6 minutes.
Boot Process: Boot up is very clean with no command line or some terminal, everything is hidden beneath the nice elementary logo animation which clearly is a mood enhancer.
User Interface: To be honest the user interface has a very much "Macintosh" feel to it, which is really a fresh whiff of creativity by Linux Distro makers Elementary OS, the Transition animations are smooth, the opening and closing of applications effects are springy and fast unlike any other OS you might have used, There is the Bottom customizable "Dock" which can be made to auto hide or hide intelligently, the icons can be magnified or made smaller to user's choice.
There is a Fresh new feature called "Hotcorners" - yeah i know the name is cheeky but feature is practical, using this feature you can assign all of the four corners of the desktop to a predefined Task like opening an Application, Launcher or terminal or whatever, this comes in handy when you get used to it, or don't accidentally like to move the cursor to corners :D.
Dock: The Dock is powered by plank and is completely rewritten in vala and LibUnity which enables it to show app statuses like the number of windows open, progress bars or any Notifications.
Switchboard: it provides smooth interface for settings panes and customization windows,called plugs which allow open support for customizations.
Theme: The Theme is now more GTK3 based and CSS based which allows cool typography implementation in the in interface and Applications, which can be easily modified with any of the apps or more custom themes, GTK3 and CSS allow lightweight and pretty interface. Every care has been taken to ensure that all the apps use the maximum of GTK3 to make full use of the Theme.
Mail client: Geary excels in every aspect, be it the flawless rendering of text or attachment and images handling, its purely flawless, i expect it will be the same used in the final build of the OS.
Audio and Video: For the Audio player there is the Noise which is really versatile and good looking for a Linux audio player, and supports many formats including flac,ogg etc. and looks more good with songs with Album art on them. :D
Verdict: It's been a week since i started to use this Beta OS and it just doesn't feel like beta, i encountered no serious bugs and was purely satisfied with the feel and performance of this OS. This is really an OS which is going to give the likes of Ubuntu and Kubuntu some competition when it comes out as the final build.
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