When the popular Arch-based distro Antergos ended their run in May 2019, it left a friendly and extremely helpful community behind. Within a matter of days after the announcement, Bryan Poerwoatmodjo opted for the idea to continue the community feeling on a new forum that would invite any Arch or Arch-based Linux user in the group. The idea received a lot of enthusiastic response, more than enough for him to get the project going.

Quickly, Johannes Kamprad, Fernando Omiechuk Frozi and Manuel joined him to set up the project and when that happened, the plan changed from preserving the former community on a new forum into creating a new distro with that vibrant community at its core.

With the plan to turn Endeavour into EndeavourOS, we deliberately travelled another road than Antergos did. It never was and it will never be our intention to be an Antergos clone. In fact, our departure point was the Antergos community and not Antergos the distro and that’s why we chose to let go of the look and feel of our predecessor and find our own voice in creating our own identity with the community at our side.

To avoid the project becoming unmanageable, we decided in the early stage of development to provide a basic system that is close to Arch Linux. That’s why we are aiming for a Linux user with an intermediate level of knowledge who likes to handle a system that needs hands-on customization from the get-go, with the help of our main standout feature: Our vibrant and friendly community.

First release and a snapshot of the original website

This resulted in a distro that is lightweight and ships with a minimum amount of preinstalled apps. An almost blank canvas ready to personalize.

Our first release only shipped an offline installer with our customized Xfce desktop environment and in December of that same year, the addition of the online installer on the ISO was launched.

The EndeavourOS ARM announcement

After the launch of the online installer, community member Pudge challenged himself to get EndeavourOS working on an ARM device. Initially, it was meant to be an article for the now discontinued Discovery magazine but we approached Pudge to turn it into an official community-driven release.

Snapshot of the second version of our website

Notable releases

23 June 2019 The EndeavourOS website launched
02 July 2019 Launch of the forum
15 July 2019 First offline stable release with the customized Xfce Desktop Environment
02 November 2019 Discovery magazine was launched
22 December 2019Our first mirror, Alpix, became available
23 December 2019 The first ISO with the combined offline and online installer was launched
19 September 2020 The launch of EndeavourOS ARM
03 April 2021 Discovery magazine discontinued and became the EndeavourOS knowledge base
17 April 2021BSPWM and Sway community editions were added to the installer
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