Fourth major release of elementary OS codenamed Loki has been released and is available to download.
elementary OS is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu and has looks and feel inspired by Mac OS. It has got huge fan following and has often been dubbed as the most beautiful Linux distribution but I leave that to you to decide. Loki is based on the latest Ubuntu 16.04 LTS release.
The release of Loki was announced on Jupiter Broadcasting and I think this was a pretty good move. Usually, we see such announcements for Apple and Google (on a much larger scale) but this idea of announcing the release on a video podcast is awesome.
Don’t know about Jupiter Broadcasting? It is one of the best Linux podcasts out there. You can watch the announcement video here:
elementary OS Loki features
At this stage, you might be wondering about the new features Loki brings. While I’ll show you the new features in details in a separate article, I’ll definitely show you some of the major features.
Actually, it’s easier to see the new features in a video. This is why we created a video tour of new features of elementary OS 0.4 Loki. There are more informational videos on our YouTube channel. I recommend that you subscribe to it.
The changes to indicators are first visible thing to notice:
You can control which applications can show desktop notification.
I have shown you how to block adult content on Linux earlier but with the new Parental Control feature, Loki makes it much easier you to make your desktop child-friendly.
With the new parental control, you can put time limit, block websites and applications. A much needed feature.
New App Center
elementary OS has dumped the old Ubuntu Software Center and introduces the new App Center. Software are categorized and are easier to navigate now. Speed improvement is also claimed by the developers.
I have always liked the default terminal app in elementary OS. The terminal is even cooler with the new color code.
Sharing made easier
Using Bluetooth in Ubuntu based Linux could be tricky sometimes. Loki has centralized the sharing settings at one easy spot.
Other miscellaneous changes
Other changes are:
- simplified mouse and touchpad settings
- new power settings for better support with external monitors
- searchable system settings
- online accounts
- option to set desktop settings back to how they were out of the box
- more language and keyboard layout support
- new screenshot app with more options such as hiding text
- default Midori web browser is replaced by Epiphany
- Calendar now supports natural language for creating events
- better support for high-resolution videos in the default Video player
- file manager now has better keyboard navigation support and SMB share
- improved hardware support
- Privacy mode: even music player won’t track what song you were playing last
I am yet to download and test Loki so I cannot comment if the final release allows PPA or not. In the last beta release, elementary OS Loki has stopped supporting PPA which could be a deal-breaker for many users. Images here are taken from the official elementary OS website.
Download elementary OS Loki
You can download Loki from the official website of elementary OS.
What do you think of new features in elementary OS 0.4 Loki? Are they good enough to make you install elementary OS? Do share your views.