One of the most beautiful Ubuntu based Linux distro is elementary OS, and it is preparing for its next major release. Codenamed Loki, the beta version of elementary OS 0.4 was released on the 14th of June.



Elementary OS 0.4 is based on Ubuntu’s 16.04 LTS version and it is going to bring along with it a good number of GUI changes. The Graphical User Interface of the OS is one of its strongest points.

New Features in Loki:

Because Loki is based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, it supports Gtk 3.18, Vala 0.32, and Linux 4.4 along with many other updated libraries and with these libraries come a good number of visual changes and applications that will have native overlay scrollbars.


Loki has an upgraded notification system. Users will now be able to control whether specific applications send notifications or not. There are also a new set of polished icons including the old ones.

There will definitely be more features added to the system but we will have to wait for the final release to see all the new stuff.

Because the Elementary OS team want to strengthen the security of their software, they are restricting users to install software from only trusted sources and thus, there is o default tool with which one can install .deb or add a repository.

In their official announcement they said:

In the interest of promoting secure software installation methods, as of this release there is no default app for handling .deb packages and the command line tool add-apt-repository is not available by default. These tools are available to install from the default repos, but the stance going forward is that software should come from vetted, secure sources or in sandboxed package formats. If you’re worried about how users will be able to get and install your apps, don’t panic! We’ll have a follow up announcement soon.

If you take my opinion, this is going to irk a lot of people. Even I am not happy to be restricted in such a way. Freedom of installation, anyone?

Elementary OS 0.4 Beta Download Link

Given that this version is still in testing it might be full of bugs and possibly, crashes, we won’t recommend that you install it right away, nevertheless, if you do need to have the Loki experience, then you can grab the ISO image from here to put either in a separate partition, or on a Virtual Machine.


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Martins Okoi
Computer Science enthusiasts with a passion for learning new things. In my spare time, I listen to music, read like a compiler, and learn like an A.I algorithm.

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