Elementary os Luna | Elementary os Luna Features
Luna The next generation of elementary OS is here. Lightweight and beautiful. All-new apps. A refined look.
Elementary OS is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu (which is in turn based on Debian). It makes use of a desktop with its own shell named Pantheon. This desktop stands out for being lighter than GNOME Shell and for its deep integration with other elementary OS applications like Plank (a dock based on Docky), Midori (the default web browser) and Scratch (a simple text editor). This distribution uses Gala as its window manager, which is based on Mutter.This distribution initially started as a set of themes and applications designed for Ubuntu which later turned into its own Linux distro. Being Ubuntu-based, it is compatible with its repositories and packages. It uses Ubuntu's own software center to handle installation/removal of software, though its own software center is in the making. Its user interface aims at being intuitive for new users without consuming too many resources.
Elementary os Luna Characteristics
Applications included by default with the installation of elementary OS latest beta version Luna are:
Pantheon Greeter: Session manager based on LightDM.
WingPanel: Top panel, similar to Ubuntu's Unity and GNOME Shell's top panels.
Slingshot: Applications launcher located in WingPanel.
Plank: Dock based on Docky.
Switchboard: Settings application (or control panel).
Midori: Light web browser based on WebKit.
Geary: Email client.
Calendar (formerly Maya): Desktop calendar.
Music (formerly Noise): Audio player.
Scratch: Simple text editor.
Pantheon Terminal: Terminal emulator.
Pantheon Files: File manager.
Elementary os Luna Installation
elementary OS is distributed as a LiveCD version, which allows the user to try the system without the need to install it. The installer isUbiquity, the default installer for Ubuntu and most of its derivatives.