|Main Screen + Slingshot Menu|
The boot process and desktop are the same as before. The only changes are that the wallpaper actually looks nice now instead of being a garish blue dotted background. Also, the Elementary icon and GTK+ themes have been slightly updated; I have to say that I prefer the older icon set, as the newer one just looks a little too generic for me (though it still looks quite classy).
Elementary Files is still the default file manager. It has gained a few changes. One is that the menu button is no longer present; I don't know how users will change settings now, unless that is exactly the point. The other is that the tab bar is now visible all the time along with a button to open a new tab, which is useful. On a related note, there is no longer a button to open Elementary Files from the dock. I feel like such a button would still be useful, and I'm not sure why it was removed; do the Elementary OS developers really believe that users should only open the file manager from the Slingshot menu?
There are a couple of applications that have been removed. Chief among them is the GNOME System Monitor. Now it is necessary to use the terminal to check out resource usage and to terminate programs. I'm not sure how good this is for new users. Are the Elementary OS developers just that confident that users will never have to manually terminate a program for any reason? Granted, I never experienced any stability issues or problematic programs, but it's a pretty big assumption regardless.
|Elementary Files + Shotwell + Workspace Overview|
That's where my time with Elementary OS 2 "Luna" ended. Much of the rest of my experience was the same as before. The changes are mostly in the vein of Elementary OS becoming even more restrictive and demanding that users follow its workflow exactly with minimal redundant controls. These are more minor changes though compared to the major changes that appeared in the beta, so I can't say that I feel too much more strongly about this. I would just say that my opinion from last time is strengthened slightly: people who don't have too many needs and could easily adapt to an Apple-esque desktop and workflow will love this, while others will not.
You can get it here. Note that the suggested download link asks for a donation, but there is a slightly less visible link that allows for a free download.