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elementary OS 7 'Horus' is out now with major AppCenter upgrades

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elementary OS, probably one of the absolutely slickest looking Linux distributions around, has released version 7 with some major upgrades.

According to the Founder and CEO, Danielle Foré, the previous release saw downloads hit over 400,000 and that's not counting third-party downloads or torrents that don't use their downloads page. Some impressive numbers.


elementary OS 7 screen - credit to the elementary OS team

elementary OS 7 saw a lot of working going into the AppCenter, their first-party application for installing and updating software. It's quite unique, as it offers developers a pay what you want model to put up applications for users, something they seem to be quite successful with.

The new release overhauls the likes of app descriptions, easier updates, upgrades to side-loading and alternate stores, improved responsiveness of the AppCenter itself, rewritten navigation and lots more. One major change is how they handle installing from other sources, instead of showing a warning message it will now show the app in AppCenter with a clear icon and note that it's not curated by them.

Some more of what's new includes:

  • GNOME Web 43 with support for creating web apps.
  • Big improvements to their Feedback app to make it easier to use.
  • A simpler to use OS installer with less screens to click through.
  • Their onboarding welcome app now lets you configure automatic updates.
  • Their email app Mail now has a "more-modern, flatter design" as a final step to make it more responsive.
  • A redesign of Printer settings.
  • A complete rewrite of their Music app.

The developers noted performance has been a focus for this release too and in "just about every section" they could have written about performance. They've spent a fair amount of time looking into slowdowns, reworking old code and optimizing everything they possibly could.

Lots more in the release notes.

Really looking good! I've always been impressed by the design of elementary OS 7.

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ahoneybun 1 Feb
I've been reading some comments on social about how nothing has changed majorly from 6 to 7 and I'm like it doesn't need to? They have things down to a science and are making fixes for paper cut issues at this point and updating the base. Every new release doesn't need to redo the wheel if it is already great!

Anyway... awesome work as always elementary community! <3
Have they gotten off their high horse of "Don't install anything outside the AppCenter if you don't want the system to break" yet? Because telling people to do that is nonsense, and the OS shouldn't be in such a bad state that installing a package can completely break it.
How are they doing on moving forward from X?
sudoer 1 Feb
QuoteReally looking good! I've always been impressed by the design of elementary OS 7.

And that is basically all it has to offer, the rest is unusable meh, not suited for anyone.
No wonder it has a score of 6.6/10 in distrowatch.

QuoteAccording to the Founder and CEO, Danielle Foré

I thought Cassidy James was the founder and that they had hired Fore few years later? https://cassidyjames.com/blog/farewell-elementary/


Last edited by sudoer on 1 February 2023 at 4:41 pm UTC
Quoting: sudoer
QuoteReally looking good! I've always been impressed by the design of elementary OS 7.

And that is basically all it has to offer, the rest is unusable meh, not suited for anyone.
No wonder it has a score of 6.6/10 in distrowatch.

QuoteAccording to the Founder and CEO, Danielle Foré

I thought Cassidy James was the founder and that they had hired Fore few years later? https://cassidyjames.com/blog/farewell-elementary/

This was my experience too: when i wanted to do something out of their 'curated box' i pretty much had to break the design and there was warning messages when installing even very established Linux softwares like VLC.

No Wayland still? eOS 7 has been waited for many years and it was way over due. I wanted to check this out as its released but looks like theres like nothing much new? elementary is Ubuntu underneath after all though, but what makes this more convenient than Ubuntu?

Yes Cassidy James is the founder and not Foré.
I used it as my daily driver on a gaming laptop (Asus ROG slimline thingie) 5-6 years ago... it was great... I chipped in some money too...

Recently I wanted to try it on my Pi4 (8 GB model) and they want you do jump through a whole bunch of $$$ hoops to get the arm64 version - NO WAY!

Reckon I'll stick with Ubuntu Gnome... Also - wasn't Danielle the "offsider" of the original founder and got him fired / removed?
Liam Dawe 2 Feb
Quoting: sudoerNo wonder it has a score of 6.6/10 in distrowatch.
Distrowatch is still a thing? Wow. I've never known anyone to seriously pay attention to it apart from people who wrongly thought their ranking meant something...
Liam Dawe 2 Feb
Quoting: sudoerI thought Cassidy James was the founder and that they had hired Fore few years later? https://cassidyjames.com/blog/farewell-elementary/
Don't confuse the Founders, with who is employed by the organisation. They were co-founders, both had jobs elsewhere before.
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: sudoerNo wonder it has a score of 6.6/10 in distrowatch.
Distrowatch is still a thing? Wow. I've never known anyone to seriously pay attention to it apart from people who wrongly thought their ranking meant something...

I don't focus on the scores but they are still a great source to see when new releases drop. I've learned about so many new distros and releases for existing ones through them.


Last edited by BrandonGiesing on 2 February 2023 at 3:44 pm UTC
sudoer 2 Feb
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: sudoerNo wonder it has a score of 6.6/10 in distrowatch.
Distrowatch is still a thing? Wow. I've never known anyone to seriously pay attention to it apart from people who wrongly thought their ranking meant something...

When most mainstream distros have a rating around 8+ there and Elementary has a 6.6, that shows something about the distro.


Last edited by sudoer on 2 February 2023 at 4:28 pm UTC
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