Is installing and working with the elementary Suite (Gala, Files, Image Viewer, Cerbere, etc.) on another OS (e.g. Arch Linux) on-topic here?

Can I ask a question about using elementary packages not in an official elementary installation?
Or would that belong on Unix.SE?

  • Just to clarify, I'm talking about questions like "How to resolve some problem with Gala on Arch?". Which it sounds like are off-topic.
    – Robin
    Jul 27, 2015 at 3:34

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I think, seeing as this is the elementary OS Stack Exchange, rather than the elementary Stack Exchange, that such questions would indeed belong on Unix.SE, with the possible exception of Ubuntu questions belonging on AskUbuntu.

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    Did the team chose elementaryos.SE name or did StackExchange chose it? It seems to me like SE chose it. I think that the team would go with elementary.SE.
    – r3bl
    Jul 28, 2015 at 13:30

I believe it depends on the nature of the question:

If the question is generic, and the problem faced would be the same on an elementary installation as well as one with just the elementary suite, it should be on-topic. Examples of this include this and this.

On the other hand, if it pertains to a compatibility issue, or otherwise wouldn't affect a normal elementary installation, it should be off-topic.

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