According to the developers, the biggest update of the distribution to date is putting its software increasingly in Flatpak packages, tweaking the optics, revising the apps it contains, updating the firmware of numerous devices and comes with a new installation wizard.
The new dark theme can switch elementary OS on and off at any time of the day if desired. In addition, ten new accent colors are available to paint the buttons and all other surface elements appropriately. If necessary, an associated “picker” selects an accent color based on the current background image. The developers finally optimized the optics, whereby the result should offer better contrast.
If you move the mouse pointer over the symbols in the panel, the tooltip that appears shows further information – the volume symbol, for example, the currently set volume in percent. Popping notifications provide additional information and are more clearly structured, and applications can also offer actions in the messages.
If you click with the right mouse button on the title bar of a window, you can quickly take a screenshot of the corresponding point. The developers have also improved the “multitasking” view. Anyone who uses a touchscreen or a touchpad can control the elementary OS using multi-touch gestures.
All applications offered in the AppCenter now come as a Flatpak package. Since such programs run in a sandbox, this should increase security. In the AppCenter, users can specify which resources the application is allowed to access. In this way you prevent access to the home directory or the microphone.
The browser, which is now simply called Web, is also available as a Flatpak package. For the first time, it offers intelligent tracking protection and an ad blocker. The developers have completely rewritten the e-mail client, and the calendar supports the CalDav standard, among other things. Camera got a new user interface. The new task program manages pending tasks.
In Files, a double-click now opens a file in the standard application stored for it. The file manager has also been given a new sidebar. The Code development environment improves Git integration, among other things, while the terminal has a few other useful keyboard shortcuts.
From now on, elemetary OS 6 will also update the firmware of devices for which the Linux Vendor Firmware Service provides corresponding updates. The new installation wizard should be easier and clearer to use than the Ubiquity previously taken over from Ubuntu.
All innovations are presented in the official announcement .