The Elementary Blog announced the developmental Beta release of the new Elementary OS 0.4 Linux distro, codenamed Loki.
The announcement read:
This release brings tons of fixes and new features for both users and developers. Over 20 blueprints were implemented and over 800 issues closed. Time to break it all down and reveal what the future holds for the next version of elementary OS!
Beta Means Beta
If you’ve never tried beta software before, there’s something very important you should know: beta quality software is not finished and contains known issues.
The purpose of releasing a beta is to give developers time to update their apps prior to stable release, give our translation teams time to translate, and give our documentation teams time to update documentation. Beta represents a more-or-less feature-complete release, but it does not represent a stable release. So if you decide to install Loki Beta, hold onto your butts because things are going to be a bit bumpy.
Loki is being built with the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS repository, which means it comes with Gtk 3.18, Vala 0.32, and Linux 4.4 as well as a multitude of other updated libraries.
One of the significant new features is the removal of tools which make it easy to (accidentally) install software which has not been vetted.
Some major known issues with the beta release are listed below, of course it’s not a beta release without any beta release issues.
Major Known Issues
It wouldn’t be a beta without some of these! For a full list of Loki-targeted issues, see the RC1 Milestone. Here’re some of the big ones:
DOWNLOAD THE BETA RELEASE HERE: http://elementary.io/developer