Elementary OS is a beginner-friendly Linux distribution in the style of macOS and has now been released in its final version 6.0 (“Odin”). First released in 2007, the chic Ubuntu derivative focuses on the essentials and is strongly oriented towards the look of Apple’s operating system.
Linux distribution in macOS style
Written in the object-oriented programming language Vala, the desktop “Pantheon” borrows a few things from Gnome and macOS and relies on the already established GUI toolkit and the free program library GTK. In the latest edition, the Pantheon Desktop Environment receives, among other things, a new dark theme, more extensive settings options, and an expanded palette of accent colors.
In addition to the optical innovations, the free operating system gets a revised graphical installer as well as extended support for the free package management Flatpak including the integration into the in-house App Store (“AppCenter”), which will be further extended with Elementary 6.0 (“Odin”).
In OS 6, all AppCenter apps are now packaged and distributed as Flatpaks, a modern container format that keeps apps siloed away from each other and your sensitive data.
Some default elementary OS apps are now being distributed as Flatpaks as well. In addition, elementary OS 6 utilizes Portals to keep you in control of how apps interact with each other and your data. Elementary OS 6.0 is also said to have made further progress compared to its predecessor Elementary OS 5.x (“Hera”) in terms of multi-gesture control and notifications issued by the system via a central contact point (“Hub”).
Ubuntu LTS base with Linux 5.11
The distribution is now also based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (“Focal Fossa”) and the system kernel Linux 5.11, which supports modern hardware from AMD, Intel, and Nvidia and is flanked by Mesa 21, Python 3.8, and current applications.
On the official Elementary blog, the developers have posted an overview of the new look and feel of Elementary OS 6.0, as well as all the changes in the official release notes.
Try out Elementary OS 6.0
The approximately 2.2 GB system image of Elementary OS 6.0 (ISO) can now be downloaded directly from the project page and written to a USB data carrier as a live system with the help of appropriate tools such as Ventoy or Rufus.