Is Elementary OS your favorite first Linux distribution

By TechThop Team

Posted on: 16 Aug, 2022

In this video, Jack Wallen discusses what Elementary OS has to offer first-time Linux users.In the last three years of my life, Elementary OS has been my main operating system. I was only swayed away from that Linux distribution by the purchase of my first System76 A hardware system.

In the years since that initial purchase, I have stuck with System76 desktops. The Pop! feature is a result of the System76 hardware I use I just find OS to make perfect sense.

The simplicity and elegance of the Elementary OS desktop distribution are however sometimes missed. A desktop OS like Elementary OS is as elegant as they come. The Pantheon desktop is used by Elementary OS to create an interface that can be used by anyone, with hints of inspiration from the MacOS interface.

The first thing to notice about Elementary OS is that it is based on Ubuntu Linux, which means it uses the apt package manager. As a result, installing software is quite straightforward.

The Elementary OS app store lets you install plenty of software with a single click, so you don't have to bother with the command line for installation. The apt package manager isn't the only package manager supported by Elementary OS, since Flatpak also works.

It is incredibly easy to install software on Elementary OS, no matter which route you take. The software installed has been thoroughly tested and is ready to use thanks to Ubuntu as its base. In addition, Elementary OS's developers have gone to great lengths to create a unified UI design. It could be used by many Linux distributions.

Every aspect of Elementary OS follows the same design aesthetic as MacOS. It is impossible to find an app that does not adhere to the aesthetics of the OS. The continuity of the interface helps users feel more at home, even if it might not seem obvious.

Installing Elementary OS is another feature that makes it so user-friendly. It would be hard to find an easier way to install an operating system. Elementary OS guides you during the onboarding process about things like which old files are automatically deleted after 30 days.

It also includes a calculator, task manager, photos viewer, PDF viewer, file manager, and camera app... but not much else. As a result, you will need to install software, which can cause problems. The AppCenter, for instance, doesn't have software like LibreOffice. Spotify and Zoom, for example, are proprietary apps. 

As long as Flatpak is installed, you will be able to add the software titles. It's good news that you don't need to touch the command line. The LibreOffice file can be downloaded to your local storage by going to, searching for it, and clicking Install. Then double-click the downloaded file and follow the prompts. It's really that simple. 

Additionally, Flathub offers thousands upon thousands of apps that can be installed. So whenever the AppCenter is lacking in software, head over to Flathub to find everything you're looking.

As a result, Elementary OS is a great choice if you're new to Linux. If Linux has been your jam for years, you may not enjoy Elementary OS. In any case, it's hard to top the beauty and ease of use of this Linux distribution.

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