Elementary today announced the availability of elementary OS 6.1, the latest update to its Linux-based distribution.
“Just over four months ago we announced elementary OS 6 Odin with new ways to be in control and express yourself, a slew of innovative new features, and a focus on gettability and inclusivity,” elementary founder and CEO Danielle Foré writes. “So far, OS 6 has been downloaded from our website over 250,000 times, and as always, that’s not including downloads from third parties or direct downloads via torrent that bypass our download page.”
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Elementary OS 6.0 was released back in August, and since then, the firm has supported it with monthly OS updates. But elementary OS 6.1—codenamed Jólnir—is a bigger functional update for existing users that combines the changes in the previous monthly updates and adds new features that focus on addressing feedback, adding office productivity functionality, and expanding hardware compatibility.
Key new features include:
AppCenter improvements. AppCenter provides over 90 curated apps to elementary OS users, and it offers improved discoverability, improved performance, and new category and app info page layouts.
Desktop improvements. The elementary OS window manager has been updated with a redesigned Alt _ Tab quick window switcher with bigger icons, window titles, and Dark mode support. Dialog boxes feature a new animation and dim the application that triggered them. And the File Chooser portal has been improved with new capabilities when opening a file.
Installer. The elementary OS installer gets some bug fixes and a few small changes, such as the ability to name the PC during setup.
System Settings. Elementary has made various updates and fixes across display and scaling, sound, keyboard, and other settings.
Office productivity improvements. Mail, Tasks, Calendar, Web, Files, and other productivity apps have all received various updates and fixes.
Hardware device support. Elementary works with various PC makers to provide elementary OS on their hardware, and it is working to ensure that customers can get version 6.1 as quickly as possible. Elementary also benefits from upstream developers who target Ubuntu, and this release includes various fixes related to that work.