I was introduced to elementary OS. An article on TechRepublic explains it well. The visual design of this operating system is superb. It almost outclasses Apple’s design. I do not agree with their philosophy on terminal access and user configuration but I do agree they have the superior visual design. Whatever they are doing with their Pantheon Shell is the embodiment of Linux on the desktop and is ironically mobile friendly at the same time. They are definitely leading in the area of aesthetics and usability.
The Web Site
Pictures are worth a thousand words. Their website is very polished. You will see some very beautiful screen shots.