Elementary OS 0.4 ‘Loki’ Review | An Easy To Use Linux Distribution

Elementary OS Loki Review

Elementary OS is one of the most beautiful Linux distros that I have ever tried. It is based on Ubuntu and version 0.4 of Elementary OS is based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. This review has been written after using the operating system for a complete week.

Test Machine

The PC used for testing the OS has an Intel pentium processor and two gigs of RAM. Elementary OS is installed in USB 2.0 thumb drive (not live USB).

Get Elementary OS

Elementary OS can be downloaded from the Elementary OS website.
In the download page, you have the option to pay 5$ or 10$ or 25$ or custom amount and then you can download the ISO. If you want to download it and use it for free or try it before paying, you can enter 0$ and download it.

The developers ask for money so that they can pay their bills and hire more developers. So, if you can donate some money, I request you to do it. By donating we can keep the project alive and may even boost its development. Remember that we can deploy the downloaded OS in as many computers as we can, so it isn’t really costly.

Elementary OS Installation

The installation of Elementary OS is the same as that of Ubuntu.

Boot And Shutdown Duration

The boot speed of elementary OS is faster than that of all other lightweight distros that I have ever used.

elementary os boot duration

Boot Duration

Elementary OS shutdown duration

Shutdown Duration


The default desktop environment used in elementary OS’s Pantheon. It is written from scratch using Vala and GTK3 and is sol polished. The desktop looks like OSX. But we can see the developers don’t want it to be called a clone of it and many other features.

Elementary OS Loki Desktop


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The system is easy to use and the dock always comes in handy. We can search and launch the installed apps from the Applications menu. So the navigation is simple even for beginners.

We can’t add icons to the desktop and there is no right click menu in the desktop. But this isn’t a huge drawback as we can pin apps and folders to the dock. (There are some ways to add desktop icons and folders and you will find it from the forum).

Resource Usage

The operating system used about 720 MB of memory without any apps running except the system monitor. So, it is better to have at least two gigs of RAM for the smooth operation of the system.

Elementary OS resource usage

Note: There is no system monitor installed by default.

App Center

Elementary os 0.4 Loki comes with a new AppCenter where we can find and install apps. You can also install and use Gnome software center or Synaptic package manager as they have more features than App Center.
Note: AppCenter won’t show installable apps if run from live USB but works when the OS is installed to an HDD or USB key.

elementary os app center

Web Browser

The default web browser is Epiphany. It uses WebkitGtk+ rendering engine. The browser is lightweight and simple. But I was not able to use google drive or Gsuite and some other sites.

Notification Center

There is a notification center placed at the top right side where the notifications from the installed apps will appear. It has a ‘Do Not Disturb’ option to disable the notifications and it will be helpful. We can also disable notifications for individual apps also.


The Plank dock is placed at the bottom center of the desktop. It is simple and also looks beautiful.


There is no office suite installed in default. It is also good as we can install office software of our choice. Not everyone needs a full-blown office suite like Libreoffice. Moreover, the choice of not installing an office suite decreases the size of the installation media.


The operating system is impressive and easy to use and great in aesthetics. People who want a beautiful system should give Elementary OS a try and I’m sure they would love it. The developers of Elementary OS have done great work and should be appreciated. We want the developers to keep up the good work.
Are you going to install Elementary OS, then check out the list of things below that you have to do after installing Elementary OS.

Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu

Install all the available updates

Yes, the first thing that everyone should do after installing any operating system is updating the system. Type following commands in the terminal and your system will be updated.
sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
After installing the updates, restart your system then only the App Center will show the installable apps.

Enable Firewall

Firewall is disabled by default, so you have to enable it. To enable the firewall type the following in the terminal.
sudo ufw enable

Install Gnome Software

There is an App Center pre-installed but GNOME Software will be familiar and has more features. It can also be used to install .deb packages, so I recommend you to install it. To install Gnome software type the following command in the terminal and enter the password.
sudo apt install gnome-software

Install system monitor

Elementary OS doesn’t come with a system monitor, so install system monitor.
sudo apt install gnome-system-monitor

Install office software

There is no office software installed by default, so You may want to install LibreOffice (a full-blown office suite) or Abiword(word processor) and Gnumeric(spreadsheet) which are lightweight or other software of your choice. Please let us know which office software you will install and the reason for it.

Install another browser

Epiphany is good but it is not supported by many websites. So I recommend you to download some other browser like Mozilla Firefox or Chromium. Top 4 web browsers for Linux with Good and Bad

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1 comment

Luna November 24, 2019 at 3:51 am

Trying to install from a USB on an hp stream. The original op system already wiped off of it via bios(this was given to us and windows 10 is a chore to deal with and this is for kiddo- so adverts in front of kiddo at all times are a no). Originally I had hoped it wouldn’t come to this but after the umpteenth time, the person who gave it to us had to enter a password because it kept saying it just doesn’t have the memory for a factory reset- tried from the bios- an option that was supposed to leave the op system but didn’t. Oh well. Installing Linux anyway but also they seem to make it difficult on purpose. Any advice?


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