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In the news: Elementary OS 6 Odin Now Available; Kubuntu Announces High-Performance Focus XE; Solus 4.3 Available for Download and Installation; Steam Deck Linux-Powered Gaming System Set to Take Over the Handheld World; Paragon NTFS Driver On Track For Linux Kernel; and LemonDuck Malware Targets Linux Systems.

Elementary OS 6 Odin Now Available

Elementary OS has always been a Linux distribution that takes the user experience seriously. And with the latest release (version 6, aka Odin), they take that to a new level. Users will now be able to more easily select between light and dark themes and even choose the accent colors to make the UI even more personal. In fact, version 6 is the most customizable release from the elementary designers and developers. This was made possible by a complete redesign and rewrite of the system stylesheet.

But this new release isn't all about style – there's plenty of substance. One of the many things the developers have done is leverage cutting-edge sandboxing technology to better enforce privacy and security. This release also makes use of Portals, which allows you to control how applications interact with one another (and your data). Within the Settings app, you'll find an Applications Permissions section, where you can control which apps have permissions for things such as the Home Folder, System Folders, Devices, Network, Bluetooth, Printing, Secure Shell Agent, and GPU Acceleration.

In addition, elementary OS 6 has gone all-in on Flatpak (a modern container format for application distribution). Many of the default elementary OS apps are now distributed as Flatpaks.

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