Elementary Luna Mini Review
So for the past few days I’ve been running Elementary OS Luna from within a virtual machine. I really wanted to wait until it was fully released so that I could test it in all it’s glory but since the guys over at Elementary HQ have recently announced that their last OS, Jupiter is no longer available for download then I assumed that Luna was close to being ready – so, I just couldn’t resist taking it for a spin.
Before I get into this ‘mini review’ I first of all want to stress that Luna is currently in an unstable, development state. This is why I have been running it on a Virtual Machine rather than on a live machine. To stress this further, this is what the Elementary OS guys show you when you first boot up:
Ok, with warnings out of the way I’m not going to beat about the bush any more. In my opinion Elementary OS Luna is head and shoulders above any other Linux distribution I have ever tried. As the title says, this is just a mini review, I’ll save the full review for after the official release of Elementary OS Luna. This is more to share my initial thoughts about the OS.
The sheer quality of the desktop interface and attention to detail is second to none. Everything ‘just works’ and works magnificently. It’s quite simply beautiful. The guys over at Elementary HQ are famous for not abiding by any set release schedule, instead they opt for the mantra of “It’s ready when it’s ready”.
Although frustrating for users who are excited about the release, I think this is the right way to go. Rather than pushing their developers to have something ready by a pre-agreed release date and possibly sacrificing polish or usability to attain this they simply won’t release it until they are happy. This obviously means that we, as the end users get a superb product.
Ultimately it boils down to this, will I be ditching my stock Ubuntu/Unity installation for Elementary OS Luna? The answer to that question is an absolute resounding yes. Here are a couple of screenshots taken from my virtual machine:
I’m not going to get bogged down in the performance (although on my 2GB RAM VM it’s excellent), details about apps and basically run a full review. Like I said, these are just my thoughts – I’m very excited about the release and I just had to tell you guys. I for one can’t wait for the Elementary OS Luna release, what do you guys think?
If you want to try Elementary OS Luna out for yourselves (remember it’s a development build and SHOULDN’T be used on a live machine) then the download link is below.
Elementary OS Luna now has an official beta release. You can read more about this development release and download links from the Elementary site.