elementary OS is a Linux distro that's mainly targeted at non-technical users, and serves as open and privacy-focused replacement for macOS and Windows, with a so-called pay-what-you-want model.
While the current elementary OS 5.1 "Hera" has recently received some new changes in the latest point version v5.1.4 release, which includes a revamped app menu, renaming of the parental control app, and several performance improvements.
The upcoming elementary OS 6 "Odin" will make debut with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, and some of the new enhancements expected in the new OS version are as follows.
Upcoming Features & Release date for elementary OS 6
The upcoming elementary OS 6 with the UI development phase update, according to Cassidy James Blaede, Co-founder & CXO, will make debut with an Ubuntu 20.04 base.
While Ubuntu 20.04 LTS was released on April 23, 2020 and the most notable features is support for Linux kernel 5.4 which provides the latest kernel capabilities, such as lockdown mode and exFAT support.
Other expected features include:
- Improved Flatpak package management
- Support for Wayland display server protocol
- New libraries for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (focal fossa)
- New Setting to change the terminal and code color scheme
- Improved gesture support for one-to-one touch
Additionally, the elementary OS team has renamed the Parental Controls app to “Screen Time & Limits” which is perhaps a more straightforward name, and now, you can use it on non-admin accounts.
Though, the official release date for elementary OS 6 is yet to be announced, it is a possible estimation that elementary OS 6 Odin may hit the market in November 2020.
If you’re new to elementary OS and need a fresh installation, you can download the latest ISO image from the official site.