elementary OS 6 Odin now available with multi-touch gestures, improved notification system and much more

elementary OS 6 Odin

Many years ago, at that fateful moment when Canonical introduced its Unity and many of us looked for alternatives to Ubuntu, one of the distributions I tried was this one developed by Daniel Foré. I really liked its "maquero" design and that it moved with ease, but some things were not intuitive to me and I ended up in Ubuntu MATE. That was my decision. Many others, even earlier, stayed in the "elemental" system that a few minutes ago presented a very important update: elementary OS 6.

The codename of the sixth version of the operating system from which we began to know details a little over a year ago es Odin. Cassidy James Blaede, who has published the release note, ensures that «elementary OS 6 is the most customizable version to date, allowing you to completely change its image«. Personally, and as a KDE user, I don't think it's that much, but it does include the light and dark themes and even the "emphasis" color.

elementary OS 6 is the most customizable version to date

Regarding new features, Blaede mentions:

  • It is multi-touch. GNOME 40 users who have already tried its gestures know how good they are, and Odin allows us to:
    • Enter multitasking, show open apps and workspaces with a three-finger swipe up. Like GNOME 40, it will make it faster or slower depending on the speed of our gesture.
    • Three fingers to the left or right will move us between dynamic workspaces, also similar to what we do in GNOME 40.
    • Two-finger gestures also in system applications, such as captures in AppCenter, date indicator or to go between the steps of the initial configuration and welcome screen.
    • Swipe to reject notifications.
  • Improved notification system, with balloons, allow us to show more detailed information and actions.
  • New Tasks app, and from the captures it seems compatible with iCloud reminders.
  • Firmware updates available.
  • Improvements in the elementary OS / Pantheon app set.
  • The dashboard now displays information when hovering over it.
  • Possibility of stacking windows (tiles).
  • More intuitive than previous versions, making it easier to use.
  • Two wallpapers, one light and one dark, for the theme we choose.

The above is a fairly short list. To see all the changes in detail, it's worth reading the release note.

elementary OS 6 Odin It is now available from this link. If you are one of its users, this version interests you. And if not, maybe it convinces you to change distribution.


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  1.   richo said

    I think like the author, elementary has never finished convincing me, for my part I continue in linux mint, in my humble and basic opinion the best balance between ease, customization and options.

    In addition to the fact that the latest apps developed by mint have seemed very useful to me, perhaps the aesthetic issue is the least strong point, it begins to look something old-fashioned, if we compare it with other more modern desks, although it is not something vital, I think it would be interesting to start with a facelift, at least they will give it to your page ...

    Anyway, you have to give elementary 6 a chance, it looks pretty good, but even though it doesn't come to the point ... it looks more promising the new zorin os 16 will be out in a few days, especially the pro edition, even if it's paid … regards