What is elementary?


Why use elementary?
Recommended system requirements
Learn the Key features of elementary OS
The desktop environment
Work spaces
System Settings

elementary software apps
Recommended next steps


Welcome to our intuitive introduction to the popular elementary Operating System. If you never heard of elementary OS or you find the whole Linux thing daunting, elementarynow is the website for you. elementary OS is a beautiful and intuitive alternative to Microsoft Windows or Apple OSX. The word elementary means simple or uncomplicated and these are only some of the qualities this operating system brings to your everyday computer experience.



The first ever elementary OS called “jupiter” was released in 2011 and was based on components developed by others. The elementary team quickly realized they could only improve the user experience by developing their own desktop environment from scratch, so they started work on Pantheon, a modern DE. The result was “luna” released in August 2013. elementary luna was met with critical acclaim, one reviewer stating…

“They’ve definitely shown to the world what a dedicated team of designers and developers can pull off, and it’s the sort of thing that I would definitely want to show off to anybody who is interested in a system other than Windows or Mac.”

Since its launch, elementary luna OS is growing in popularity at an astonishing rate however the team have not been idol. “Freya” the third iteration of the now famous operating system and is expected for public release in the summer of 2014. The first details about the new version have been revealed and there is no doubt it will take the desktop experience to a whole new level.

Did you know?… the “e” in elementary is always lower case, even when starting a sentence.

Why use elementary OS?

There are many reasons to use elementary, but here are some of the important ones:

It’s easy to use, try or install – you don’t have to be an expert.
It’s a beautiful, sleek, and stylish operating system
It’s stable and fast even on older laptops and computers
It is supported – you can get all the support and advice you need
It’s always up-to-date – you get regular updates for free
It’s pay want you want or pay nothing at all
It’s open source – meaning shared code, shared efforts, shared principles
It’s open source code is transparent – no back doors ensuring security and your privacy
It has no major viruses – elementary OS is immune to computer-crashing Windows viruses.

Recommended system requirements

as posted on the official elementary OS website

1GB of system memory
15GB of disk space
cd/dvd drive or USB port
internet access

elementary OS – key desktop features

Click to learn how to navgate the elementary OS environment

Click to learn how to navigate the elementary OS desktop environment

If elementary OS has sparked your interest our this website has all the information you need to get started, a forum if you have a question and a knowledge base guiding you through a plethora of topics with intuitive step by step instructions.

Recommended next steps

Visit How to download and install elementary OS then things to do after installing elementary

Get involved and help build the OS of tomorrow

elementary software/applications

official elementary logo

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