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.
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.
Animated Top Panel Icons: Some of the system indicator icons are now animated. Notice the notifications icon in below screenshot.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
7. Mouse and Touchpad Settings
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 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
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.
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!