I’m the community manager and a Council member of elementary, an open source project that centralizes around an operating system.
What is elementary OS?
elementary is known for our focus on design and user experience. Put simply, elementary OS is an operating system for computers. You can install it on virtually any PC or Mac and it can replace or run alongside of your current OS (Windows, OS X, etc.).
What makes it better?
We have a primary focus on user experience and design, meaning our system behaves consistently and the way users expect it to. Our apps are both consistent and visually-pleasing while staying very lightweight and simple.
elementary OS is a joy to use.
It’s open source, meaning anyone can use it, modify it, and redistribute it for free. Plus it’s built on Linux, meaning it’s both fast and secure.
Tell me more, I want to geek out.
elementary is a software platform; a unified computer operating system. We have a commitment to a particular toolkit (GTK+) and support a preferred programming language (Vala). We decide how our apps will behave. Sometimes we take control and shape the out-of-the-box experience as much as we possibly can by creating our own apps. We’ve created an application development framework (Granite) and other developer tools that are designed to help developers build apps specifically for our platform.