Tired of Windows and Mac OS? Switch to Elementary OS!

Elementary OS is one of the most beautiful and clean-looking operating systems available for use in computers. It is fast, open and privacy-oriented. Elementary has its characteristic design philosophy and made aesthetic use of colours. Over the years, this free-to-use operating system has collected heavy praise by reviewers around the world – making it a strong replacement option for both Windows and Mac users.

The initial development of ElementaryOS started with building themes and applications for Ubuntu, which later inspired the developers to transform it into a full-fledged Linux distribution. The first release of the operating system was on 31 March 2011, and so far, it has been through continuous bugfix and major feature updates. 

The Elementary OS took shape with the concept of making Linux easier for non-technical users. Instead of terminal-based codes, elementary provides a graphical user interface and settings menus to allow users to perform almost all day-to-day tasks without writing any code. 

Features of Elementary OS:

1. Fast and lightweight

Compared to Windows, macOS and many other Linux distros, Elementary OS is really faster. It boots the system quickly and uses very fewer resources to run the programs. Apps are lightning quick to open and they remember where you left off. Low system requirement means that the old lower-end desktops or laptops can be of use again.

2. Stunning simplicity

Elementary is one of the most beautiful operating systems ever to date. It’s clean, crisp and simple. It is bloatware-free but packs only the most important apps necessary for daily use. Elementary is based on pantheon desktop environment that follows a very minimalistic elegant design. It is arguable that the macOS design inspired parts of the system; but with each update, Elementary is emerging with its unique style. 

The typography, icon design, sound, colour use or the system animations, the new Elementary OS v5 is packed with new features and improved performance. Like any other Linux distro, one can further customize the operating system, but for the regular users, the built-in desktop environment already offers an aesthetically pleasing user interface.

3. Free

Elementary OS is an open-source project and hence, one can choose to use it for free. The developers call it the Pay-What-You-Want method. You can pay whatever amount you want to support the developers. You can even type ‘zero’ dollar and download the OS right away. However, it is an open-source project. And it is difficult for the developers to sustain high-quality development for long without support from its fan-base. So, we strongly recommend lending a hand of support to the Elementary team.

4. App centre

Elementary houses an App Center where you can download both free and paid apps. The App Center is an open, pay-what-you-want app store for indie developers. Unlike traditional app stores, the elementary team has reviewed and curated each app in the Elementary App Center; which ensures a native, privacy-respecting, and secure experience.

5. Regular Updates

Users receive regular bugfix updates and scheduled major upgrades. Since Elementary OS is based on Ubuntu, one of the most popular Linux distributions; elementary obtains the necessary source codes from Ubuntu and works on further improving the features. So far, five major versions of elementary have been released: Jupiter, Luna, Freya, Loki and Juno.

6. Safe and secure: Forget antivirus

The developers at Elementary Inc. list privacy, safety and security as one of their top priorities. The Elementary OS is built on GNU/Linux, which is one of the most secure systems in the world. Because Virus and Malware are almost alien to the Linux system. It is the same software technology that powers the U.S Department of Defense, the Bank of China, and many more.

Should you switch to Elementary?

Bored with Windows or macOS and want to have a new experience ElementaryOS (eOS) is a very good replacement option. The eOS is built for simplicity and smooth user experience. Users who want a focused desktop environment for productivity will enjoy the clean and crisp look. If you are someone who loves to do a lot of coding & programming; and are searching for a Linux distro that isn’t awful looking, ElementrayOS is the answer. 

Everything you need to know about Apple’s latest keynote event

Apple closed off October with another Keynote event, announcing new iPad Pros, Mac Mini and MacBook Air models.

A new MacBook Air, at last

Everything you need to know about Apple's October event
The new MacBook Air 2018

Apple kicked things off by unveiling its new MacBook Air, complete with a Retina display, USB-C, Touch ID and weighing 3 pounds less than the 2010 model. Sporting 50 percent narrower bezels, the new model also has a 20 percent larger trackpad, 25 percent louder speakers and a built-in Siri. Powered by an 8th- gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM (upgradeable up to 16 GB) and 128 GB SSD Hard Disk (upgradeable up to 1.5 TB), the new MacBook Air starts at $1199, $200 up from the previous model.

A new Mac Mini, too

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A new Mac Mini

Apple also unveiled a Mac Mini update. The model comes with a base quad-core processor, with the added option of a six-core configuration. It also has the memory of up to 64 GB RAM and 2 TB HDD. With four USB-C ports, HDMI, Ethernet, and two USB-A ports, the new model starts off at $799.

The iPad Pro loses the home button

Everything you need to know about Apple's October event
New iPad Pro 2018

Lastly, the company unveiled two new iPad Pro models: a new 11-inch model and an upgraded 12.9-inch model. The new models no longer feature a headphone jack or a Home button and are 15% slimmer than previous models. The bezels have also been decreased on all four sides. Powered by the new A12 Bionic chip, an 8 core CPU and a 7 core GPU, the new iPad Pros are 35 percent faster on single-core tasks and 90 percent faster on multi-core tasks.

Featuring four stereo speakers, a 12-megapixel camera (capable of 4k 60 fps video recording) and a battery with 10-hour battery life, the new iPad Pros are good additions to a product line that has shipped more than 400 million units so far.

Supporting Face ID and USB C, the 11-inch model starts at $799 while the 12.9-inch model starts at $999. Apple has also redesigned its signature iPad Pro accessories: the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil both “click” onto the side using magnetic connectors.

Ending on a high note and a focus on sustainability

Everything you need to know about Apple's October event

Apple also committed to its sustainability initiative, announcing that both its new Mac products used 100 percent recycled aluminum finishing for their metal bodies, reducing the devices’ carbon footprint by 50 percent.

This event capped off Apple’s slate for 2018 on a high note.

Although the previous event introduced mostly marginal upgrades for iPhones, this one unveiled some important upgrades to product lines that were ignored for many years. The new MacBook Air, for instance, makes the current MacBook a tough buy, as many don’t prefer Touch Bars.

The event, held at Brooklyn instead of the usual venue at Cupertino, was overall better and shorter than the last Keynote event in September. It introduced products that look new and exciting, announced by new presenters who were excited and got the crowd hyped up as well.