Elementary OS 7 – Elementary OS was my go-to Linux desktop distribution in the past. However, when I bought my first System76 desktop, I switched to Pop!_OS instead of Elementary OS and never looked back. Although there are a few aspects of the Elementary OS desktop (Pantheon) that have prevented me from returning, it is true that there are times when I yearn for its elegance, simplicity, and seamless appearance.
The unreliable sound when using serious recording hardware was one issue. Naturally, that wasn’t so much a problem with Elementary OS as it was with PulseAudio. Sadly, it appears that Elementary OS 7 will continue to use PulseAudio for the time being. When you issue the pactl info command, which will output the following, you can see this:
Elementary OS 7
- 1 Elementary OS 7
- 2 What is Elementary OS 7?
- 3 What’s Different In Version 7? Check Here
- 4 How To Download elementary OS 7?
- 5 FAQ’S
elementary OS 7 has arrived. Since the transition from OS 6 to OS 7, a lot has changed in the Linux desktop market. OS 6 was by far the most refined and smooth Linux experience available at the time of its release. Although some might have found it to be too straightforward, no one could dispute how well designed and focused it was. Since then, GNOME and KDE have made significant progress toward supporting the most recent Linux stack, including Wayland, Flatpak, portals, and other features. As a result, elementary OS 6.1 was effectively relegated to an additional operating system that was lagging behind.
So, is OS 7 a significant enough improvement for me to abandon GNOME and KDE and return to my first real love of Linux? We’ll take a look at what’s new, and I’ll let you know at the end whether or not it was enough to convince me to switch back.
Elementary OS 7 Overview
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What is Elementary OS 7?
Although this is not a common comparison within the Linux community, Elementary OS is the closest thing that the open-source community has ever seen to Mac OS. Elementary OS is essentially a self-contained desktop operating system based on Ubuntu. It ranks among the best-designed Linux desktop operating systems currently available. Elementary OS has a user interface that is much easier to use than nearly any other operating system. Not only is it simple to work with, but it also looks beautiful.
The desktop environment of Elementary OS, Pantheon, closely resembles that of Apple’s desktop operating system, so the reference to MacOS is deliberate. A system tray, a top bar, a desktop menu, and a dock are all present. A well-balanced and simple-to-use interface is created by combining all of these components. The good news is that Elementary OS’s developers decided not to make any significant changes to the desktop in Version 7. In fact, Elementary 7 could easily be mistaken for the previous installment at first glance. That is good news for those who already adore the operating system. You’re in for a treat if you haven’t tried Elementary OS yet.
What’s Different In Version 7? Check Here
Simply put, not much, but sufficient. The AppCenter, where you’ll find improved app descriptions and a simpler path to updating to the most recent versions of the tools you use, is one example of an incremental change. Additionally, using alternative sources like Flatpak, it is now simpler to sideload applications. Thankfully, Flatpak can be installed right out of the box. Since Flatpak is not integrated into the AppCenter, all Flatpak installations must be carried out from the command line.
The addition of GNOME Web 43, which supports the creation of web apps that will be displayed in the applications menu, is another very welcome new feature. Open the web browser, navigate to the website where you want to create the web app, click the Gear icon, and then select Install Site as Web Application to use this feature. That web app can be accessed from the applications menu once it has been created.
Other improvements include:
- Reduced number of installation screens.
- Auto-detect if mouse usage and offer to automatically switch to left-handed usage.
- The Mail app now offers a flatter more modern look and also supports Microsoft 365 accounts.
- The tasks app now has offline support.
- Multiple click modes are now supported in the file manager.
- The Music app was completely rewritten from scratch, making it faster to queue and play audio files.
- Power profile management is now available with a performance mode for devices that support it.
- Custom terminal commands can be configured for hot corners.
- The Welcome app has been redesigned and includes help for choosing the desktop look, enabling Night Light, configuring Housekeeping (automatically deletes downloaded files, old temp files, and trashed files), connecting online accounts, browsing the AppCenter, enabling Automatic Updates, and quick access to the System Settings.
How Does Elementary OS 7 perform?
One thing to keep in mind is that I used a virtual machine to run Elementary OS 7, which is not the best test environment. Even so, the operating system worked flawlessly. Applications opened quickly, updates came quickly, and animations were silky smooth. In terms of performance, the difference between Elementary OS 7 and 6 is pretty clear; 7 runs much more smoothly and quickly.
How To Download elementary OS 7?
Elementary OS 7 can be downloaded from the elementary project website. The download can be accessed using a “pay what you want” method. If you don’t want to pay anything, you can enter “0” as a custom amount, but if you like what you find, I encourage you to come back and donate. A new installation is required because elementary 7.0 cannot be directly upgraded from 6.x at this time. For more information on how to accomplish this while keeping your user files intact, refer to the elementary GitHub upgrade guide.
Do you not wish to upgrade immediately? There’s no need to; During the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS support cycle, elementary OS 6.1 is supported. This means that you will receive important security updates until 2025 and ESM support after that. Keep in mind that this post is not a review of elementary 7, but rather an overview of what’s new. Performance will vary depending on the hardware you used, and most importantly, it will not be representative when used in a live distro or a virtual machine.
What is the latest version of elementary OS?
The popular Elementary OS's seventh release is as impressive as you would expect.
What desktop does elementary OS use?
The desktop environment of elementary OS is Pantheon. Granite, GTK 3, and Vala are used in its development.
Can I get elementary OS for free?
The elementary operating system platform is entirely open source, and it is based on Free and Open Source software.
Is elementary OS still good?
Elementary OS is the ideal solution if you're new to Linux and looking for an elegant and extremely user-friendly desktop operating system that doesn't exactly follow the rules that the majority of Debian/Ubuntu-based distributions follow (especially with regard to software installation).
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