OS X inspired Linux distribution

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Cactii, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. Cactii, Nov 23, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2012

    macrumors member

    Nov 14, 2005
    Los Angeles
    Just thought I would share this with the MAC community.

    The other day I was looking for a small, lightweight linux distribution to replace Windows7 with on my girlfriends netbook. It was slow and had some problems with the video drivers after 20min of use to a state of unusable with constant flickering.

    A few distros came to mind such as Ubuntu, Mint, Lubuntu etc,. Being a longtime Mac user I thought Linux Mint was the only distribution for her which actually does a decent job in the UI department :rolleyes: and would make it easy to use on a delay basis.

    After a couple hours of reading through forum posts and searching for information just to see if this little Acer Aspire can run it I came across a distribution called "Elementary OS Luna".

    I went through their screenshots and was impressed by how much "inspired" :rolleyes: they are by OSX. I have to admit the designers had a serious eye for detail.

    Here is a video tour of the OS:

    Design Concepts:


    I installed it with no problem. It's fast and I actually felt right at home thanks to the very similar look and feel of OSX :D.

    So, if you have an old PC laptop/netbook and want to have a OSX feel, I would suggest downloading it now before it goes mainstream and Apple shuts them down for being "too inspired".

    What do you guys think of this?
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2012
    It only supports x86 :(. Hopefully if it becomes more popular, it'll support more architectures... Ubuntu already has an ARM and PowerPC version so it wouldn't be as hard as porting a complete OS to a new platform.
  3. Cactii, Nov 24, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2012

    thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 14, 2005
    Los Angeles
    Since it is based on Ubuntu I would think it will come soon or later. From reading through their website it is a small team developing this from scratch with a unified look of all the applications. If Gimp could take some "inspiration" from Adobe or if Adobe would make some applications available on Linux I would actually consider it giving it a go.
  4. macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    I've been watching the development of this. It's very nice!
  5. macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    I completely agree. I have the ISO on my PC, I've been meaning to install it for some time now.
  6. macrumors 6502


    May 30, 2010
    I like how they're creating their own apps tailored to the OS. It makes for a more integrated experience like OS X. I also like how their handling third party apps such as Geary by collaborating closely with Yorba, and Midori. I think this is probably one of the biggest reasons Linux is never taken too seriously, you've got so many distros but they rely on third parties for apps. Elementary is changing that, and I heard they were also trying to create standards/policies to establish a consistent look for developers to follow.

    That said I prefer Ubuntu at the moment, it has more features. I hope Canonical will start developing their own apps and features for Ubuntu, like Elementary. Another problem with Linux is that distributions never release any innovative features along with the OS. I noticed a small change for Ubuntu however, their latest release has better integration and websites can now become apps pinned to the launcher with notifications. Dash is also getting more refined.
  7. macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2008
    Thanks for the tip. This is interesting as I'm starting to get a little more familiar with Linux and this could make the transition seamless.
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2012
    PowerPC land
    This looks great, but...

    Will there be a port for PowerPC users to make use of this distro of Linux? I have been wanting to try Linux on my G5 Quad(Yes, I also use Intel Mac Pro, so don't worry).

    I figure Ubuntu still works on PPC, maybe the developer has a PowerPC port in the works?

  9. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 29, 2008
    Finally a distro that doesn't look like bollocks.
  10. RSL
    macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2012
  11. macrumors 603


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
    If they ever made a PPC version... I may have to give that a go. Downloading the beta right now, gonna try it on on my netbook and see what's what. :)
  12. thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 14, 2005
    Los Angeles
    How did it go with this release on your netbook?

    Still running strong here. I did notice some problems with the wifi connection but I believe this is a problem with the actually netbook since It did this with Windows as well.

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