elementary OS 0.4 is a mixed user experience : Review

The elementary OS 0.4 Loki has a mixed user experience. Though the UI design principle followed by the project is very impressive and familiar for former OS X or current Android users, there many rough edges which needs to be handled urgently - Says a review published in distrowatch weekly.

The Pantheon desktop shipped by elementary gives a strong sense that, it is designed by keeping former OS X users and current android users in mind. The application menu and new introduced AppCenter resembles very much like a mobile UI. Also, the control panel is similar to what is avialable with MATE or Cinnamon desktops. So, this operating system can feel like for anyone who uses a smart phone.

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However, it should not be forgotten that, there are some rough edges in elementary OS 04. For example, there are video issues in real and virtual environments. Also, there is significant performance issue in virtualbox. The Panetheon desktop offers some kind of familiarity for most of the users, however it is not customizable as many other desktop environments like MATE, Xfce, Plasma ..etc.
Looking through the release notes for elementary OS 0.4, we can find many new and interesting changes. The distribution's 0.4 release provides users with a new software manager called AppCenter. The notification area has been overhauled and now features a button to mute notifications for when the user needs to focus without distractions. The release notes mention the distribution's calendar and appointment application recognizes natural language descriptions. The virtual terminal will auto-complete file names while ignoring case sensitivity and the e-mail client is an updated version of the Geary e-mail application. The elementary team has decided to switch to using Epiphany as the default web browser. This new release also features parental controls and a new networking configuration panel which should be easier to navigate than Network Manager's default look. 
You may read complete review in distrowatch weekly(30th October 2016).

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