elementary OS is an Ubuntu-based desktop distribution. Some of its more interesting features include a custom desktop environment called Pantheon and many custom apps. The project has launched a new beta snapshot which previews features coming in elementary OS 6.0. The installer’s appearance has been polished, work has gone into integrating Flatpak packages, and desktop notifications can now include action buttons for the user to respond with to the pop-up.
We’ve continued our efforts to ship first-party apps packaged as Flatpaks in Beta 2. elementary OS 6 now comes with Calculator, Camera, Document Viewer, Screenshot, Tasks, and Web from the AppCenter Flatpak repository. As a user, it’s entirely transparent: apps launch and behave just as before—they just happen to be packaged in a different way under the hood. As the beta process progresses and we solve sandboxing issues in our apps, we plan to transition even more apps over from Debian packages to Flatpaks provided by the AppCenter Flatpak repository. We have also begun testing the third-party process for building Flatpak apps into AppCenter, as teased in the AppCenter Dashboard sprint blog post. The dashboard itself is not quite ready for testing, but we’re getting ever closer and we now know the back-end works for reviewing and deploying apps to the repo.”elementaryOS Devs