elementary OS 5.1 Hera arrives with native support for Flatpak packages and other new features

elementary os 5.1

At the beginning of this decade, "thanks" to Canonical who decided to move to Unity, I started testing many operating systems and graphics environments. One of the ones that I liked the most for design and performance (I had a 10.1 ″ laptop) was elementary OS, but some limitations made me go back to Ubuntu, more specifically Ubuntu MATE. In any case, I can't help but rejoice every time I read news about this great operating system, like one that occurred just moments ago: elementary OS 5.1 has been officially released.

elementary OS 5.1, codenamed "Hera" and version that succeeds Juno, is a major release. As we read in the release note, Hera arrives with many interesting news, among which stands out the native support for installing Flatpak applications. Along with the Snap, the Flatpak are next-generation packages that include software and dependencies in the same package, which, in theory, makes them all advantages. The elementary OS developers settled on this type of package over Canonical's Snap.

Highlights of elementary OS 5.1 "Hera"

The developer team has highlighted 5 outstanding news:

  • A new first-run experience with Greeter and Onboarding.
  • Support for Flatpak with Sideload and AppCenter. Sideload is a new graphical utility that allows us to install apps in Flatpak format with a single click.
  • Major updates on accessibility and System Settings.
  • Iterative improvements in almost all applications.
  • Latest hardware support with a new Linux kernel (5.0) and a hardware enablement stack.

Hera has arrived after a whole year of development. Among the improvements we have that the image looks brighter and that it works better on HiDPI screens. On the other hand, the app It makes it easier for us to configure the equipment after a first installation, something that less experienced users will especially appreciate. Among the sections that we can configure with Onboarding we have the night light, configure the system to automatically delete temporary and deleted files or install our favorite applications. Other noteworthy improvements are related to the system preferences panels, including sound, mouse and touchpad, desktop appearance or screen settings, Bluetooth, time, language and region, networks, power and security. and privacy.

Interested users can download elementary OS 5.1 Hera from this link.


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  1.   Daniel said

    Elementary Os is an interesting project, I used it for a long time, highly recommended because it is out of the ordinary with your Pantheon desktop. Nowadays it has things that I don't like, like the absence of the minimize button, actually details. Greetings.