Built on the Linux Kernel and using the popular XFCE interface, Element is an OS that aims to put all your entertainment ‘apparatus’ in one box. It is “an operating system for Home Theater or Media Center Personal Computers featuring a ten-foot user interface and designed to be connected to your HDTV for a digital media and internet experience within the comforts of your own living room or entertainment area.”
It is based on the Debian Packaging System (.deb), same one that Ubuntu uses. Unlike other Debian/Ubuntu based systems, Element OS utilizes its own online app center for software installations, where many of the most popular Linux applications that are compatible with our interface standards have been ported.
All the popular multimedia applications that you are used to are readily available in Element OS, either out of the box or via download. Released under the GPL, it is freely available for download and modifications should you so desire. Some of the featured applications of Element OS are Firefox, VLC, XMBC media center and Transmission Bittorrent.
There are addons that can also be downloaded to add the extra touch to your Element installation. The ISO is available for download at a size of 630MB, requiring a minimum of 1GB Ram, 1.6Ghz processor and about 20GB of HDD space to run at its optimum though specs lesser than the above will do just fine. If you are a ‘videophyte’ like me, then I strongly recommend Element OS for your entertainment pleasure.