As the second beta release, elementary OS 6 Beta 2 contains some ambitious plans which the development team has for the stable release, which includes serving as an open and privacy-focused replacement for macOS and Windows, with the so-called pay-what-you-want model.
And what's perhaps the major highlight in elementary OS 6 Beta 2 is the addition of first party Flatpak applications; transitioning to Flatpak packages for any pre-installed apps is now a work-in-progress.
What's New in elementary OS 6 Beta 2?
The addition of Flatpak applications means that more first-party applications will now embrace Flatpak packaging, and also, it will make its way to third-party applications that are available in the App Center which developers can copy to make their own applications available as a Flatpak package.
Besides the addition of first party Flatpak applications, elementary OS 6 beta 2 brings some key upgrades along with several under-the-hood improvements. Such as the few UI tweaks to the installer for a cleaner look and also made available is a subtle animation with the installation progress instead of just a static icon.
Additionally, this release brings the ability to add online accounts from System settings, allowing users to add mail and calendar accounts, with IMAP and CalDav standards fully supported. And added accounts shows up in apps like Tasks, Calendar, and Mail making the experience rather seamless.
How to Download elementary OS 6 Beta 2?
If you're already running the first beta, you'll need to re-install Beta 2 for proper testing and the installer window size remains the same. You ou can get the elementary OS 6 Beta 2 for public testing from its official builds page.
But note that this release is only meant for testing and development purposes, so don't install it on your main production system.