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elementary OS Luna Beta 1 Available For Download

After more than a year and a half since ‘Jupiter’, elementary OS Luna beta 1 has been released today.Build on top of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and using its own shell called “Pantheon”, elementary OS Luna introduces a huge number of changes, including new default applications created especially for eOS or a new window manager called “Gala”.Let’s take a quick look at what’s new in elementary OS Luna beta 1:(direct video link)Pantheon shellPantheon, the “shell” used by default in elementary OS Luna beta 1 uses a brand new window manager called Gala, based on libmutter, which features smooth animations and very interesting workspace switcher and expose features which you’ve seen in video we’ve posted above.Workspace switcherExposeFor system settings, elementary OS Luna uses Switchboard, which comes with its own “plugs” – below you can see the desktop settings Switchboard plug:SwitchboardThe top panel is called Wingpanel, and even though it doesn’t follow the same “wing” design like in the first versions, it’s nevertheless a nice addition to Luna, especially thanks to the beautiful design used by the indicators:For the menu / application launcher, Pantheon uses Slingshot, which follows the same design as the indicators and comes with two modes: one that displays large,

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