How To Get Elementary OS
Here is a guide for dual booting Windows 8.1 with Elementary OS.
The video player is very basic with simply an option to open a video file and then to play that video. You can slide the bar along to skip parts of the video and there is a mini preview window as you slide it along but that is about it.
One of the areas where new users to Linux struggle is with installing new applications. If you come from a Windows background then you are used to either buying a DVD from a shop or downloading directly from the vendor's website.
This has changed recently with the use of the Windows store and we have all become accustomed to installing applications from some form of app store.
The tool used to install applications within Elementary is the Software Centre (the same one that comes with Ubuntu). The idea is you either choose a category and browse for the software you need or search by entering a description of what you need into the box provided.
The premise is fine and pretty much the same way any app store or package manager works. Unfortunately it sucks.
The Software Centre is the one part of Ubuntu that I have never liked and it is the one application within Elementary that lets it down.
It is ok to say something isn't good but you have to back it up with reasons.
The big problem is that the software centre doesn't work properly. An application that is designed to return a list of the software in the repositories should return all the software in those repositories, no ifs, no buts, no maybes.
The Software Centre doesn't. There are many examples where I can find an application using Synaptic (a more rudimentary graphical package manager) or apt-get (a command line package manager) that isn't returned when searched for within the Software Centre.
Point 2. When I searched for Chromium it appears in the software centre but there isn't an install button straight away. Instead I have to enable the multiverse repository. It then still doesn't let me install it. I have to leave the software centre, re-open it and try again.
Then there comes Steam. Steam is the software from Valve which lets you buy, download and play games. If you search the software centre, two options for Steam appear. One is called "Steam" and appears at the top of the list and the second is "Steam Launcher". If you click the first link (which most people will) an error appears.
The second link doesn't have an install button. It has a "Buy" button. This button takes you to the Ubuntu One log in screen.
Steam is free software. If you use the apt-get tool or synaptic you can install it for free. No links to Ubuntu One and no big buy buttons.
For the next version of Elementary I am hoping the developers give the Software Centre the boot and replaces it with something that just works.
Everything else in Elementary is basic and simple but fully working. The Software Centre really lets it down.
If you are into heavily customising the desktop so that it works the way you want it to then you might be disappointed with Elementary OS. (Try something like Bodhi or Xubuntu instead). The customisable features within Elementary are kept to the bare minimum.
Via the desktop settings screen you can choose a different wallpaper, decide whether the dock remains visible all the time or not and specify hot corners.
You can add extra icons to the docking bar at the bottom of the screen by dragging them from the menu and you can remove them by right clicking the icon in the docking bar and unchecking the keep in dock option.
There is a strange little quirk when dragging icons into the dock whereby the cursor gets stuck as being half of the icon.
Linux has long had the concept of multiple workspaces and this is implemented within Elementary OS with the "Multitasking View" application.
The "Multitasking View" can be selected from the menu or the docking bar (and if you are clever you will set one of the hot corners to show it as well).
A screen will appear showing your current view and to the right another blank window. You can click on the new window and load more applications.
You can add more and more virtual workspaces and flick between them by clicking on the icons at the bottom of the multitasking view or by scrolling through them.
The implementation of workspaces has been covered very neatly within Elementary OS.
Thankyou for reading.