The latest version of the thoughtful, capable, and ethical replacement for Windows and macOS is here. elementary OS 6 empowers you to be in control and express yourself, continues to innovate with new features, and is both easier to get and more inclusive.

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Before we get into features and all that, a PSA: if you’re downloading OS 6 today and can use a torrent client, that’s gonna be the best option! Click the little 🧲 link on the Download button. It’ll be faster for you and reduce load on the servers. 🤞

Alright, let’s get into what’s new with elementary OS 6! First of all, it’s been a long road what with a whole global pandemic dropped on us. But it’s here. elementary OS 6 Odin is available to download now—and it’s the biggest update to the platform yet.

elementary OS 6 empowers you to be in control and express yourself. First, we protect your data from ourselves and others by not collecting it. It’s the ethical thing to do; you have a fundamental right to the utmost privacy, even from products you trust.

With elementary OS 6, we’re empowering you further with new ways to stay in control of your experience—plus new ways to express your own unique style and preferences. Starting with: DARK STYLE and accent colors!

These come with a complete refresh of the elementary OS system style. We revisited every detail from contextual shading and contrast to shadows, strokes, and border radii. The end result ensures much better contrast throughout the whole OS while enabling customization.

elementary OS 6 keeps you in control by enforcing privacy and security protections at a technical level; all AppCenter apps are now distributed as Flatpaks, a modern container format that keeps apps siloed away from each other—and your sensitive data. 🔒

Apps in elementary OS 6 must explicitly request permission in a well-defined way e.g. to get access to files or launch other apps. A new Permissions view in System Settings → Applications exposes all the permissions and gives you control to override or revoke them.

These protections are in place for apps installed from AppCenter, but importantly also for apps installed via the built-in Sideload utility—including third-party Flatpak apps from sources like Flathub. It’s easier and safer than ever to get and use the apps you need on OS 6.

It wouldn’t be a new OS release without ✨exciting new features ✨ to improve your experience, and elementary OS 6 delivers on that front with multi-touch, all new Notifications, the new Tasks app, built-in firmware updates, and updates across several default apps.

One of the most pervasive new features for touch screen and touchpad users is the new multi-touch support throughout elementary OS 6. A three-finger swipe up smoothly opens the Multitasking View, exposing open apps and workspaces. It’s buttery smooth.

A three-finger swipe left or right in elementary OS 6 smoothly switches between the dynamic workspaces, making it even faster to jump between tasks.

But it’s not just the desktop that has multi-touch support; we’ve worked to bring smooth and intuitive two-finger multi-touch gestures throughout the entire OS and default apps. Two-finger swipe to dismiss notifications, swipe to go back, and swipe through paged views.

Speaking of notifications, elementary OS 6 brings a redesign and under-the-hood rewrite with richer, more capable notifications than ever. They support full-color emoji, action buttons from apps, badges for richer content from apps, and of course: the dark style preference.

The brand new Tasks app debuts in elementary OS 6, helping you tackle your to-do list whether it’s stored on your device or synchronized with an online account. Tasks is designed around the open CalDav format, ensuring it’s compatible with most online account providers.

elementary OS 6 comes with firmware updates built in, powered by the Linux Vendor Firmware Service. Updates are provided for supported devices by hardware manufacturers like Star Labs, Dell, Lenovo, HP, System76, Intel, Logitech, 8bitdo, and more—straight from System Settings.

Web supports the new dark style and is distributed as a Flatpak in elementary OS 6 to enable even faster updates to the latest web technologies. It features Intelligent Tracking Protection and ad blocking built-in and enabled by default for even greater privacy protections.

Mail is all new in elementary OS 6. Tighter Online Accounts integration is powered by the open source Evolution Data Server, and Mail now features web process sandboxing so each email is displayed in its own sandbox—improving safety and security.

Calendar in elementary OS 6 supports Online Accounts integration via the CalDav standard; add any CalDav-compliant account in System Settings, and its events and tasks will show up in the Calendar and Tasks apps. We’ve also added ICS import and improved offline support.

Camera is revamped in elementary OS 6 with several new features: switching between multiple cameras, toggling mirroring of the image, and brightness and contrast adjustment. When a recording is finished, it now sends an in-app notification with a button to open the video.

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@elementary Very cool! Thank you VERY MUCH for your work! Will we be able to install it as a regular update via the App Center? Or do we have to do a fresh install?

@elementary Forgot to ask: does it have to be installed from scratch, or is it possible to upgrade?

@elementary can you recommend a touchpad for desktop linux users?

in the gif it looks like apple

@elementary Do not plan to install just yet, but seeding for the cause :)

@elementary How is the screen reader accessibility on Elementary? I read that it's installed by default, and that's good at least. If this is a distro that's intentionally accessible, I'd be glad to pay for it. Or, is it just something based on Ubuntu and Gnome?

@elementary I'm excited to try out the revamped Mail client!

Also appreciate changing the default behavior for opening a file to double click ;)

@elementary Hi!

I'm intrigued by your use of the word "ethical" in this toot. It doesn't appear in the blog post, though. Can you talk a bit more (or point me to some sources) about what you mean by "ethical"?

My son uses Elementary and loves it, by the way.

@elementary воооооу вот так поворот... Нашел развлечение кажется на выходные

@elementary Thanks so much for this! I ditched my current arch setup for elementary (again) and I'm only looking back a little bit ☺️

@elementary Congratulations on the ship!! Looking forward to trying it out!

@elementary Congrats on the release! I haven't tried it yet but the blog post has me hyped.

In particular your design work is absolutely top notch. Just soaking in the screenshots is a joy.

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