Earlier we mentioned elementary OS 6 is both easier to get and more inclusive than ever; let’s talk about that! We’re always expanding the ecosystem making it more useful, desirable, get-able, and keep-able—an approach coined by former Canonical designer Matthew Paul Thomas.
Sideload supports Flatpak bundles in elementary OS 6. It helpfully links to the new permissions screen in System Settings so you can tweak anything if you’d like after installation, and offers to trash the downloaded installer file once the app is installed.
The Screenshot utility in elementary OS 6 is easier to move around with the ability to drag from anywhere in the window. You can also drag the preview image from the Save dialog straight into another app like an image editor to skip hitting the Copy to Clipboard or Save buttons.
elementary OS 6 has expanded multitasking settings in System Settings; we’ve combined the previous hot corners view with new new controls for when to move windows to a new workspace, including options for toggling the behavior for both fullscreen and maximize.
We’ve added a handful of time-saving workflow features to the desktop in elementary OS 6. The Multitasking View shows window titles, the Window Menu has been reorganized and includes a shortcut to take a screenshot, and—by popular request—the desktop has a new context menu.
Okay, we’re back! We took a little lunch break and were ensuring everything was going smoothly. Let’s pick back up on new features with some updates to the desktop experience itself:
There are a whole lot more app updates in elementary OS 6; see the blog post for the whole rundown! https://blog.elementary.io/elementary-os-6-odin-released/#app-updates
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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