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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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sudoer 2 Feb
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: sudoerI thought Cassidy James was the founder and that they had hired Fore few years later?
Don't confuse the Founders, with who is employed by the organisation. They were co-founders, both had jobs elsewhere before.

Yet Cassidi stated "In 2011 I founded elementary, LLC"

Seems you have read the false claim in 9to5, in that case the correct one should be "elementary OS Co-Founder and CEO Danielle Foré announced today[...]

Last edited by sudoer on 2 February 2023 at 4:30 pm UTC
Liam Dawe 2 Feb
You know what a co-founder is right? They did it together.
sudoer 2 Feb
Quoting: Liam DaweYou know what a co-founder is right? They did it together.

Still mentioning one partner as the Founder is wrong. How about when 3 people have founded something, should just one be mentioned and not giving credit to the other ones? How about Google, is Larry Page the Founder? Or is it Sergey Brin the Founder? No, they are both Google's co-Founders.
One can say when talking about more people, "he/she is ONE of the founders".

Last edited by sudoer on 2 February 2023 at 4:51 pm UTC
Liam Dawe 2 Feb
I'm just going by what they officially list as their title on the elementary OS website, which notes Founder. Cassidy is nothing to do with it any more. They originally founded it together, but they're not involved now. I don't see a point to keep calling them a co-founder in that way when specifically talking about the organisation in the here and now and I don't see it as helpful to being so pedantic about it.
Quoting: sudoer
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.

Honestly Elementary is a great distro, I'm assuming 90% of the reason why the rating is bad is people hate how they run their business, not the actual quality of the distro itself.

There was a massive controversy years ago when they changed their website's download button to by default charge $20 for the OS even though it literally says "Pay What You Want" and lets you put $0. Everyone was mad they were "charging for what should be free" when in reality, they don't have to even make an OS for people and are allowed to want to get paid for their work. People are insanely greedy nowadays expecting everything to be handed to them for free.

People still hold some grudge against them because of that.

Last edited by BrandonGiesing on 2 February 2023 at 6:55 pm UTC
Kneewax 3 Feb
Interesting to read this on this site, one of the reasons I went back to mint as my default distro was that getting elementary to play games well, even some Linux compatible games had trouble. Work arounds for other distros often didn't work because of the curated environment. It's a shame as I like the distro.
14 4 Feb
Quoting: Arale-senpaiHave 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.
I read the blog for you, and it said it doesn't warn you anymore when you install from other sources like Flathub.
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