elementary OS 6.1 “Jólnir” officially released, here’s what’s new

elementary today unveiled elementary OS 6.1 as the first major update to the beautiful Ubuntu-based distribution since the release of the elementary OS 6 series.

Dubbed “Jólnir”, elementary OS 6.1 is coming more than four months later elementary OS 6 “Odin” and it is built on top of the Ubuntu 20.04.3 point release of the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) long-supported operating system suite and powered by Linux kernel 5.11.

Highlights of elementary OS 6.1 include a redesigned quick window switcher (Alt+Tab) that no longer relies on the dock to switch apps (you can see it in action below), animated dialog boxes, improved file selector portal, a new app chooser, as well as a much improved dark style.

In addition, this release improves the Applications menu to show you more things while searching, such as bookmarked folders and locations, network shares, shortcuts, etc., as well as the ability to launch apps with the dedicated GPU. Settings search results have also been improved in elementary OS 6.1.

Another interesting change in this release is a Housekeeping feature integrated into the Settings app, which makes it easy to delete old temporary and discarded files to save space and protect your privacy.

AppCenter’s graphical package manager gained a lot of attention during this cycle and now has a revamped home page with multi-touch support and banners for the most recently released and updated curated apps, redesigned category display, a new Privacy & Security category, as well as improved app controls. pages.

AppCenter comes with many minor changes to improve your package management experience, especially the first time you use it. As a result, installing apps for the first time should now be faster than ever, and Linux kernel headers are now automatically retrieved when installing device drivers that rely on DKMS.

Additionally, elementary now offers some of its apps for the ARM64 (AArch64) architecture if you want to use them on ARM-powered devices like the Pinebook Pro or Raspberry Pi 4 with another Linux operating system.

“[elementary] OS 6.1 Jólnir is the result of vastly improved processes in primary education, making greater strides in less time than ever before,” said Danielle Foré, founder and CEO of primary education.

elementary OS 6.1 also improves the installer and initial installation, lets you save the picture-in-picture window by pushing it off an edge of the screen, improves the “nudge” animation of the workspace for scrolling with the mouse wheel as well work and show only on the primary display and redesigns the app icon for the Document Viewer app.

It also adds a toggle to show or hide battery percentage in the panel, improves Bluetooth support during reboots and resumes from hiatus, and a ton of refinements and new features in files, email, tasks , calendar, and online accounts to help you be more productive.

Several other smaller changes are all over, including on the Login & Lock screen, the Power indicator, the Captive Network Assistant, as well as the Displays & Scaling, Sound, Mouse & Touchpad, and Keyboard pages in the Settings app. For more information, see the release announcement page.

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