Sunday, 15 September 2019

Elementary OS 5 Juno first impressions: Installation process and review

Recently, Elementary OS 5.0 also acknowledged as Juno has been delivered. Elementary OS is one of the interesting Linux configurations based on Ubuntu. 
It appears with an individual pantheon desktop environment and can be counted as a choice between macOS and Windows.

Minimum system requirements for Elementary OS 5.0 (Juno)

  • Dual-Core 64-bit processor / Intel i3
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 15 GB Disk Space
  • Internet Access (optional)

NEW FEATURES OF Elementary OS 5.0?

New Search icon: A new search icon is added to the Applications menu to explicitly show its functionality which people utilise it for. Also, handy alternatives like “⌘ + Space” tool-tip have been added to show the movement of the mouse/pointer.

Transparent Top Panel: The top panel will change automatically transparent when it becomes too occupied with the desktop wallpaper being used.

Animated Top Panel Icons: Some of the system symbol icons are presently animated. 

Battery Indicator: The power indicator will now present the accurate total percentage even when the computer has multiplied internal batteries. 


Elementary OS has been concentrating on the HiDPI since the beginning as this will make pictures look fresh despite display density. Furthermore, the Photos app presently comes with a dark style in both the viewer and library modes and also introduced is the full HiDPI support for both thumbnails and single photo views.

 Night Light Mode

A unique Night Light tab is added in the “Display” settings, its schedule is based on Sunset to Sunrise or set time, manually or can customise the colour temperature from Cool to warmth.

 Or editing from the top panel icon

Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet

Juno has introduced a handy keyboard shortcuts cheat sheet which will show upon pressing the ⌘ key. The shortcut cheat window will rise as an overlay while at any screen, and will automatically terminate when control one of the shortcuts in the sheet or when switch to another window.
Additionally, a small gear icon is accessible on the top right corner of the cheat sheet for instant entrance to the shortcut settings where one can customize the shortcuts.


Music App has been refined with tons of code. The most significant long-time matter of loading embedded record cover art has been fixed in Juno. The organisation is also substituting old custom widgets with their Granite counterparts. In the visual features, the status bar across the full bottom of the app is removed. A new side panel is added to show the Album. Playback control features have been relocated to the top.


Juno’s Terminal has alternatives for light and dark background colours. Moreover, the font size now changes with “-” and “+” buttons.

Screenshot Tool

The Screenshot tool is changed from a dark style to a light one. Unique icons are added in the position of verbose, making it accessible to choose between a screenshot of the whole display, the current window, or a custom area.

Mouse and Touchpad Settings

In the Mouse & Touchpad settings, a unique alternative to disable the Mouse pointer acceleration is added.

Bluetooth Settings

Bluetooth settings receive a bit of overhaul with user-friendly features added. Detecting different devices now within the Bluetooth App.

Location Settings

Juno has introduced better control protecting the privacy of the location and let one know how multiple levels of a precision level is an app requesting. It is Similarily like a phone where one gets the notification for granting permission and if he/she accepts it then the settings app opens to access the requesting app for the permission of one's location.


A unique Picture-in-Picture mode performs it more comfortable to hold tabs on a video or other window while running on something else. Just hit ⌘+F, choose the window or area to focus on, and a Picture-in-Picture preview rises in the corner of the display. This preview is mobile, resizable, always-on-top.



1- Download Elementary OS 5.0 ISO File

ISO file of elementary OS 5.0 or Juno is accessible on its official web site. Apply the below URL to download it.

2- Edit Bootable media 

Once downloaded the elementary iso file, formulate a bootable media either as DVD or USB using the iso file.

Modify the boot medium as “DVD or USB” and reboot the system on which elementary OS 5.0 installation will take place. 

3- Choose Install Elementary OS

After the system boots up with bootable media Click on “Install elementary” option available at the screen below. 

4- Select the Desired Keyboard Layout

Choose preferred keyboard layout for elementary OS 5.0 installation and then click on continue.

5- Download Updates and software Installation

During the installation when the system is connected to the internet to download latest updates of elementary OS 5.0, select the first option and if want to download software like third party graphics software and media software then select the third option as well. Then click on Continue.

6- Pick preferred Installation type

Installation variety for Elementary OS 5.0,
  • Erase disk and Install elementary
  • Encrypt the new elementary installation for security
  • Use LVM with new elementary Installation
  • Something else

If new to Linux and does not want to create own partitions then choose the first option, it will delete everything from the disk and installer will automatically create partitions on the disk or if planning to have own customize separations, then select “Something else“.

Create a blank partition table on the entire disk, Click on “New Partition Table” and then click on “Continue

Now form the first separation as /boot of size 1 GB, Select the free disk and then click on “+” symbol and specify size, file system type and mount point
Similarly Create partition of /home (20 GB), /var (7GB) and / (10 GB) respectively.

Click on OK
var partition or slash root partition

Click on OK
Once finished with partitions then click on “Install Now” option and then click on “Continue” to address the modifications to disk.

7-Select preferred Location for Time Zone

Click on Continue to move forward

8- Establish the Hostname and Build User Credentials

Set the hostname for the system and create the user and define its password then Click on Continue to start the installation.

9- Installation Progress

Once the installation is concluded successfully, the installer will advise rebooting the system,
Edit the boot medium as “disk” so that system boots up with hard disk and then select “Restart Now”,

10-Login Screen and Desktop

When the system comes up after the reboot, use the identical user credentials created during the installation.
This confirms that Elementary OS 5.0 “Juno” has been installed successfully. 

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