The upcoming elementary OS 6 now has further highlights with the launch of builds.elementary.io which hosts Early Access Builds as a way to ensure that developers, OEMs, supporters, and excited fans can easily get their hands on pre-release builds.
While elementary OS 6 is in an installable and bootable state, there is now additional $25+ AppCenter for Everyone backers to the allowlist, and $10/month or higher GitHub Sponsors will get automatic access.
The AppCenter for Everyone crowdfunding campaign which was launched in February to take the indie, open source app store to the next level, will have the major backer rewards as “early access to elementary OS 6”!
What to Expect in elementary OS 6?
With the Early Access Builds, there are tons of details on expected changes and updates to the next major version, here are a few planned features that are still a work in progress:
- Updates to communication and organization apps: Still early and currently requires that you set up an account in Evolution until the Online Accounts component is completed, but thanks in large part to work done upstream as these updates enable syncing of mail, calendar events, tasks, etc. in relevant apps with a wider variety of providers.
- Refreshed look and feel: Everything from the panel and system apps to curated apps in AppCenter are all affected. Therefore, xpect improved contrast and more refined design system while still retaining the signature depth and shadows of elementary OS. Also, there is the addition of Libhandy’s HdyWindow which brings about changes in things like rounded bottom corners in apps like Terminal and System Settings.
- Extra Multi-touch support: These gestures are for navigation in apps, and utilizing the Libhandy library, and works on touch screens, trackpads, and mouse scroll wheels. While on touch devices, simply swipe track 1:1 with your fingers on the screen or trackpad. Also, Epiphany will support similar touch gestures for going back and forward.
- New installer and initial setup: Installation should be much faster and more streamlined now, with requiring only the essentials to get the OS onto your device. It is also great for OEMs, as the new installer can be used to image devices, or—like with some experimental Pinebook Pro images, or just flash an image without a user to run through initial setup on first boot.
Additionally, there are more updates expected on elementary OS 6 as development is still underway, and for a quick peek behind the curtain, you can check out the elementary OS 6.0 release project on GitHub and you can also get involved and help shape the future of the OS.