Elementary OS 0.3 Freyas is now available for download. The latest version of the GNU/Linux-based operating system has an updated user interface, a new multitasking view, and other improvements.
The team behind Elementary OS took some flak earlier this year for a perhaps poorly worded blog post suggesting that folks who use free and open source software without donating money are “cheating the system.”
Elementary OS is based on Ubuntu Linux, but it uses the Pantheon desktop environment instead of Unity (or KDE, GNOME, Xfce, or LXDE). In a nutshell that means Elementary OS can run most software developed for Ubuntu, but it looks a bit more like Apple’s OS X.
There’s a dock at the bottom of the screen as well as menus at the top of the screen.
Among other things, Elementary OS 0.3 adds support for UEFI, Applications menu improvements, a new firewall tool and “privacy mode,” dismissible and interactive notifications, a system-wide “do not disturb” mode, and improvements to apps including new calculator, camera, and video apps, a redesigned photos app, and support for online calendars including Google Calendar and the CalDAV standard.