elementary os 5.0 Juno features

The next big thing for elementary OS is happening this year when the fifth increment of elementary OS becomes available. You may be knowing that the current version is elementary OS 0.4 Loki. Therefore, anyone would guess the next version to be 0.5. But, taking a big plunge in numbering, the next version will be elementary OS 5.0 Juno.

elementary OS 5.0 Juno

This change in version was announced in a blog post from the development team.

We’ve realized that just version bumping to 0.5 is not indicative of the platform itself at this point; elementary OS is now a stable, used-in-production operating system with its own developer ecosystem. But rather than bump to 1.0, we decided it would make sense that the fifth release would, in fact, be version 5.0.

So for end users, it only adds to confusion in the beginning. After that, the version numbers will follow a smooth path. Personally, I think this is a good decision for this awesome Linux distro. The decimal versioning sounded like an unstable version although the operating system is rock solid and reliable for daily use.

elementary OS 5.0 New Features

Juno will be a fifth major release. As far as when it will be released is something which no one, including the development team, can’t say as of now. Daniel Fore, founder at elementary clarified:

As you may know, elementary operates on a task-based rather than time-based system for releases. This means before we can release Juno, there’s a lot of work to do!

Here are the new features that you’ll see in Juno. This post will be updated as and when new confirmed features will be announced by the elementary team.

1. Visual Changes in Desktop elements

New Search icon: A new search icon is added to the Applications menu to clearly show its functionality which people use it for. Also, you will see the “⌘ + Space” tool-tip, showing the handy shortcut when you hover the mouse pointer over it.

New search icon in Applications
New search icon in Applications

Translucent Top Panel: The top panel will turn automatically translucent when it becomes too busy with the desktop wallpaper being used. I think this makes it look more elegant.

elemantary OS 5.0 Juno desktop
elementary OS 5.0 Juno desktop showing translucent top panel

Animated Top Panel Icons: Some of the system indicator icons are now animated. Notice the notifications icon in below screenshot.

Animated Icons on Top Panel
Animated Icons on Top Panel

Battery Indicator:  The power indicator will now display the correct total percentage even when your computer has multiple internal batteries. Center button mouse clicking the icon toggles showing the battery percentage.

2. Terminal

Why leave out an important tool ‘Terminal’ not polished? Juno’s Terminal will have options for light and dark background colors. Also, notice the font size changing “-” and “+” buttons.

elementary OS Juno Terminal
elementary OS Juno Terminal

3. Photos

Apart from performance improvement due to lots of code cleanup, Photos app will have a dark style in both the viewer and library modes, so that you can focus on your photos more.

Photos App in elementary OS 5.0 Juno
Photos App in elementary OS 5.0 Juno

Also included is the full HiDPI support for both thumbnails and single photo views. HiDPI is something elementary OS has been focusing a lot since the beginning. This will make your pictures look crisp regardless of display density.

4. Night Light Mode

A new Night Light tab is added in the “Display” settings. You can set its schedule based on Sunset to Sunrise or set time, manually. Optionally, you can adjust the color temperature from Cool to warmth.

Night Light Mode in Juno
Night Light Mode in Juno

Anytime you can access the night light and snooze it to see real colors of a graphic or a picture you are editing from the top panel icon.

Indicator on Top Panel showing Snooze Night Light
Indicator on Top Panel showing Snooze Night Light

5. Music

Music App has been cleaned with tons of code and so it should perform better. The biggest long-time issue of loading embedded album cover art will be fixed in Juno. The team is also replacing old custom widgets with their Granite counterparts like using the same Granite StorageBar used in Files for devices in Music. In the visual aspect, the status bar across the full bottom of the app is deleted. A new side panel is added to show the Album. Playback control features are moved to the top.

Music App in Juno
Music App in Juno

6. Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet

Juno will introduce a handy keyboard shortcuts cheat sheet upon pressing the ⌘ key. For those who are searching for this key in the keyboard, let me quickly clarify that this key is the famous Microsoft trademark “Windows key” which is typically called as “Super” key in the Linux world.

The shortcut cheat window will pop up as an overlay while at any screen, and will automatically close when you use one of the shortcuts in the sheet or switch to another window.  Additionally, a little gear icon is available on the top right corner of the cheat sheet for immediate access to the shortcut settings where you can customize the shortcuts in the way you want.

Keyboard Shortcut Overlay in Juno
Keyboard Shortcut Overlay in Juno

7. Mouse and Touchpad Settings

Mouse and Touchpad Settings in Juno
Mouse and Touchpad Settings in Juno

In the Mouse & Touchpad settings, a new option to disable the Mouse pointer acceleration is added, in addition to hardware default, and adaptive options.

8. Bluetooth Settings

Bluetooth Settings in Juno
Bluetooth Settings in Juno

Bluetooth settings get a bit of overhaul with user-friendly features added. Discovering new devices now within the Bluetooth App. There is no additional GNOME Bluetooth wizard to get distracted adding to the smooth user experience.

9. Location Settings

Location Settings Popup in Juno
Location Settings Popup in Juno

Juno has better control over the privacy of your location and lets you know how many levels of accuracy level is an app requesting. You’ll see a dialog asking for permission and showing the accuracy level that an app wants from your computer. Clicking on the link in the popup warning takes directly to location settings, where you can control the permissions for the apps.

Location Setting in Juno
Location Setting in Juno

That’s it for today. Clearly, the intentions of the elementary team are clear – make elementary OS as elegant as the world can make with an intuitive user interface whose features are hard to miss! As mentioned, this article will be constantly updated when new features arrive in Juno. Stay tuned with us for more. Good day!

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Really good article, nice work!

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Friendly tip, get someone to proof-read your articles. This was informative, but there were countless grammatical errors that undermine the validity of the information within. There are tools available to help mitigate this problem, such as Grammarly, in the case of a proof-reader being a impractical option. Nothing against you, it’s just a pet peeve of mine.

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Anyways; to me Elementary OS (the eternal beta) THE ONE AND ONLY BEST PART OF ELEMENTARY LIFE WAS LUNA AND THAT IS ALL!!!