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elementary OS 7.1 and Mageia 9

elementary OS 7.1


Elementary OS is one of the leading distributions focused on improving the user experience. It bills itself as "The thoughtful, capable, and ethical replacement for Windows and macOS" and release 7.1 is no exception.

Specifically, one focus of elementary OS 7.1 is personalizing the graphical interface and making it more accessible. The Housekeeping app has added the option of deleting screenshots that are more than 30 days old, while the installer makes options for the vision-impaired more prominent. Similarly, the settings for Guest accounts have been made clearer, and Guest accounts are erased as soon as a guest logs out.

Another focus in elementary OS 7.1 is security and privacy. The 7.1 release introduces the Background & Autostart Portal, which lists apps running in the background and includes controls to prevent apps from running without explicit permission. Among the utilities that use the portal are Calendar, Mail, Tasks, and Location Services, which controls whether remote services can read your location. Similarly, the App Center in elementary OS 7.1 now informs users of what information an app can read on your local machine and automatic actions that you may want to disallow – or at least be aware of.

Elementary OS long ago established itself as a user-friendly distribution. Release 7.1 continues this tradition, more than living up to its billing.

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