Element OS

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Not to be confused with Elementary OS.
Element OS
Element OS logo.png
OS family Unix-like
Working state Discontinued[1]
Source model Open source
Latest release 1.4[2] / 1 September 2010; 6 years ago (2010-09-01)
Available in English
Update method APT (front-ends available)
Package manager dpkg (front-ends like Synaptic available)
Platforms IA-32
Kernel type Monolithic (Linux)
Userland GNU
Default user interface Xfce
License Various
Official website www.elementmypc.com

Element OS was a Linux operating system that was intended for Home theater PC computers. It was discontinued in 2011.[1][3][4][5][6]


Element OS was based on Xubuntu and maintained compatibility with the Ubuntu repositories. It used the Advanced Packaging Tool with Element's own custom repositories and the Ubuntu repositories. In addition to the package manager, Element OS incorporated the Allmyapps software center to allow additional applications to be downloaded.[7]

Element employed a customized Xfce interface with similar full-screen windowing effects seen on netbook and mobile interfaces such as the Ubuntu Netbook Remix.[7]


Element OS came with some specialty applications for its role, including XBMC as a media center, the Cooliris Media Browser plugin for streaming content, VLC media player to play back video, Decibel Audio Player and the Transmission BitTorrent client. It also came with the Mozilla Firefox browser with zoom functionality through the "no squint" add-on to aid in web browsing at the higher resolutions that HTPCs often use.[8]


Element OS worked together with Eight Virtues, a hardware reseller, to produce EVTV, a custom built HTPC with Element OS installed.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Discontinued (n.d.). "Element OS: Linux on your HTPC". Archived from the original on 21 November 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  2. ^ DistroWatch (1 September 2010). "Element OS 1.4 released". Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  3. ^ DistroWatch (March 2010). "Element". Retrieved 29 April 2010. 
  4. ^ Linux Today (January 2010). "Element media.OS v1.0 Beta Now Available". Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Green-Hughes, Liam (February 2010). "Element OS - Linux for your TV and sofa". Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  6. ^ SinaiSix (February 2010). "Element OS- Your ultimate entertainment Linux OS". Archived from the original on 29 March 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Element (n.d.). "Element HTPC Technology". Retrieved 29 April 2010. 
  8. ^ Element (n.d.). "Featured Apps". Retrieved 29 April 2010. 

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