The second beta release of elementary OS ‘Freya’ is now available for download, and arrives some six months after the first beta was released to much excitement.

Although not yet considered stable enough for regular desktop use — as such do install with caution — the latest development milestone of the attractive Ubuntu-based Linux distribution comprises more than 600 bug fixes and a wealth of package updates, including a notable bump to GTK 3.14.

Those of you who do jump in to test you’ll also find several new and updated apps, an improved multitasking experience, icon theme tweaks and (in what will please many) UEFI/Secure Boot support. There are also new settings panes for configuring the behaviour and frequency of ‘Notifications’ and setting up/adjusting the built-in ‘Firewall’.

Other notable changes in this release over earlier betas include new Calculator and Video apps, which help bring basic functionality up-to-spec. Updates to the Calendar, Photos and ‘Switchboard’ system settings apps add more finesse to elementary’s in-house roster of apps.

elementary Freya Beta 2 is a free download available from the elementary beta website. If you give it a whirl let us know what you think of it in the comments below.

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