| Founded:||2011 (edit)|
|Version:||0.4.1, codename Loki (edit)|
|Release Date:||April 11, 2015 (edit)|
|Next Release:||0.4 Loki (edit)|
|Platform(s):||i386, x86-64 (edit)|
|Derivative of:||Ubuntu (edit)|
|Home Page:||http://elementary.io/ (edit)|
elementary OS is an Ubuntu based distribution using the Pantheon desktop interface. Some of its more interesting features include a unique GTK+ and icon theme for GNOME, the Midori web browser, and several applications developed in-house (e.g. Dexter, an address book and Postler, an email client).
elementary OS uses the home-built Pantheon desktop environment and the Gala window manager.
The Elementary project began in June of 2009 with the release of an icon set for Ubuntu. The first release, Jupiter, was made available on March 31, 2011. It featured a customized Gnome desktop, and was based on Ubuntu 10.10.
The second release, Luna, was released in August of 2013. It was based on Ubunut 12.04 LTS, and featured the project's new Pantheon desktop environment.
The current version of elementary is version 0.3 Freya. Freya was released in April 2015, and is based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
Version 0.4 will be codenamed Loki, and will be based on Ubuntu 16.04.
elementary OS does not have a strict release cadence, instead following a "release when ready" model. However, releases generally occur about a year after the release of the Ubuntu LTS release.