After working so hard on this release, we are proud to present our new release. Proud is an understatement, in this case, the ISO is a significant step for the future of this project, so let me guide you through the changes.

New mirrors

Our mirror network is expanding rapidly lately by kind mirror admins who offer their services to us. With this release, we are welcoming two new mirrors, Remi ESSAISSI, a mirror located in France and Jingk a mirror located in Singapore.

We are very delighted with the addition of these mirrors improving the user experience for our worldwide community.

Thank you, Remi and JK Tan for contributing your generosity.

EOS apps info

With this release, we introduce a new app called eos-apps-info. It lists all our apps that enhance the experience of our distro. It isn’t only a list but it also contains manuals, based on Pandoc, of each app with a clear instruction that includes pictures as well, just to make it more convenient.

Manuel made sure this database is small and light, so it doesn’t take a lot of space on the system. This app is the perfect locally installed manual for people with limited internet access or just for everyone who likes to have the info offline.

Like most of our apps, eos-apps-info isn’t installed by default. You can install it by using this command:

yay -S eos-apps-info

New community wallpapers

As you might have noticed, we now present a new install with a new default wallpaper, the previous one is now available in the file eos-wallpapers-classic.

We also have uploaded some new wallpapers in our community wallpapers, including the new wallpapers with our mascot Endy. We like to thank every contribution made by the community members, unfortunately, we couldn’t include all of them, since we weren’t sure if some images were entirely free to use.

You can download the wallpapers, classic and community, through the Welcome app by clicking the “Download more EndeavourOS wallpapers” button For new users clicking the button, the folders will be installed, for existing users, the folders will then be updated.

Calamares

The changes for Calamares are the most significant ones made on this release.

In comparison to our previous releases, this release brings us to a higher level and we are confident to say that this ISO is a milestone step towards our future.

The changes made are complete overhaul changes under the hood of Calamares with a significant speed increase in installation as the most stellar improvement. This was achieved by throwing our previous system entirely out of the window and building the ISO from scratch, which resulted in an installer that is fast, light, easy to maintain, easy to add new features in and a hugely improved user experience.

Test results did clock an online install time from three to fifteen minutes, depending on the available internet speed.

Let’s guide you through the changes:

  • When using auto partitioning in the installer, BTRFS now can be chosen with the possibility to create a file system with a subvolume scheme. Needless to say that EXT4 will still be an option to choose from in the auto partition.
  • Now, the wifi setting used in the live environment will be automatically installed during installation, so there’s no need to re-enter your password on a new install.
  • When chosen a DE or WM that uses LightDM, the settings of LightDM have been improved to prevent a black screen at boot with certain hardware systems. Now LightDM will wait until the GPU and GPU settings are completely initialized before starting up. GDM and SDDM didn’t have this issue. 
  • The boot process on the initial boot is more failproof, thanks to improvements the Arch team made on the archiso.
  • The installation process doesn’t fetch packages from GitHub anymore but fetches them from our repository, to prevent failed installs from users in countries where GitHub is blocked or failing due to personal security settings like firewalls etc.
  • Another improvement to prevent failed installations is the hugely improved mirrorlist handling that minimizes the use of bad mirrors.
  • Calamares has an improved and better design that makes it easier for the user to deselect the packages they don’t need in the selected DE.
  • When chosen XFCE4 or i3wm in the online installer, we now offer the possibility to select or deselect the EndeavourOS theming. For the offline XFCE4 install, the EndeavourOS theme will still be installed.
  • The Linux-lts kernel can now be chosen as an option in Calamares.
  • With the help of our moderators, we have successfully implemented the option to use parallel downloads, introduced with Pacman 6, to choose during install which decreases the installation time by a landslide. The installation time is already incredibly fast by default compared to the previous ISO, but for people who have a fast and reliable internet speed, choosing parallel downloads can be a lightning-fast installation experience.     

We would like to thank our moderators, the developers of our community editions for helping and testing in creating this milestone release.

But I couldn’t leave out the incredibly hard work of my fellow founders Joe Kamprad and Manuel. Your hard and meticulously detailed work in the last months genuinely blasted EndeavourOS further into the future. I cannot describe the admiration I have for your persistence and insights. And you know what I mean with the following: I will always be your Alfred Pennyworth…

The ISO can be downloaded over here.

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39 Comments

Zishaan · August 27, 2021 at 2:48 pm

I’ve been using Endeavour for a while and I absolutely love it, thanks so much for all your hardwork!

    Bryanpwo · August 27, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    Thank you very much for the compliments.

      pitvss · August 30, 2021 at 10:29 am

      did you finally fixed the bug with intel driver? (a lot o glitches with Intel® UHD Graphics 605?)
      is the only thing that keeps me from migrate to your os

        Bryanpwo · August 30, 2021 at 10:49 am

        This has to do with the Linux kernel, the linux-lts does work with it. You can try and if the issue isn’t solved in the latest kernel version you can report this to the Linux kernel dev team. We don’t alter the kernel. Read more over here:https://forum.endeavouros.com/t/uhd-600-compatibility-issue-with-5-11-or-newer-kernel/14776

          pitvss · August 30, 2021 at 10:56 am

          thanks i ll give another try.(already download the new iso) !!!!

Dhaval · August 27, 2021 at 3:05 pm

My First Step in EndeavourOS,

Lets see how it goes!

🙂

    Bryanpwo · August 27, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    Enjoy it.

J Victor Nicholas · August 27, 2021 at 3:29 pm

Thanks for you and your team hardwork.

Love from +62 country

    asad · August 28, 2021 at 11:18 am

    hi from +62 country :v

Peter · August 27, 2021 at 3:31 pm

They have done what no other distro has done.

Actually made Arch more accessible for beginners. Great GUI installer.

Apps Info window to access support and maintenance tools with a click of a button to understand and build knowledge. This also provides text and images for guidance as to what and why you’re using them.

This suits a beginner or even advanced/experienced users who just want to save typing commands and use provided tools to execute common tasks.

It also stays close to vanilla Arch with regards to packages. Simply optional theme, wallpapers and additional repository for support/maintenance tools.

Eric · August 27, 2021 at 4:58 pm

Arch noob here, switching from Mint, and learning on the fly. This OS was a suggestion by a co-worker, so we’ll see how it works out.

Niko · August 29, 2021 at 10:50 am

Hows the support for macbooks? preferably the MBA 2017

Ken Loughman · August 30, 2021 at 12:19 pm

Hi! I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy using EndeavourOS. However, I keep running into a problem that, while it’s not specific to EndeavourOS, seems to affect Arch-based distributions in general. Whenever there is a system upgrade involving the Linux kernel package I often get the error:

==> Building image from preset: ‘default’
-> -k /boot/vmlinuz-linux -c /etc/mkinitcpio.conf -g /boot/initramfs-linux.img
==> ERROR: invalid kernel specified: `/boot/vmlinuz-linux’
==> Building image from preset: ‘fallback’
-> -k /boot/vmlinuz-linux -c /etc/mkinitcpio.conf -g /boot/initramfs-linux-fallback.img -S autodetect
==> ERROR: invalid kernel specified: `/boot/vmlinuz-linux’

As a result my system fails to start up when I reboot it. I tried running ‘mkinitcpio -p linux’ after chrooting to my system drive and the same error results.

Has anyone using EndeavourOS come across this before?

    Bryanpwo · August 30, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    Could you post this on our forum? There probably is something wrong with your setup and the forum has better tools to look into the issue. Also, the response time is faster over there.

axel · August 30, 2021 at 5:16 pm

Nice work on the EOS! Would love to have a mirror for Philippines

    Bryanpwo · August 30, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    Thanks and we also hope for a mirror near you.

GZLN · August 30, 2021 at 7:20 pm

i’ve been using Linux since 2012 and after various distros i am finally sure that Endeavour is the “End” in my search for the most complete Linux distro. Thank you so much for the last update.
– G

    Bryanpwo · August 30, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    Thank you, great to hear you consider us the distro to settle with!

abdulSattar Shaikh · August 31, 2021 at 6:58 am

Online installation (KDE) did not go well.

    Bryanpwo · August 31, 2021 at 9:36 am

    Please, post your issues on one of our community channels and don’t forget to describe what didn’t go well. The forum, the Telegram group and Reddit have a faster response time.

Pablo · September 1, 2021 at 12:28 am

Endeavour = Arch for human beings. Thank you so much to all of the developers!

Aaron Gonzales · September 2, 2021 at 5:27 am

Endeavour OS made me stop distro-hopping for real. How can I migrate my current setup to this version without losing data?

    Bryanpwo · September 2, 2021 at 7:48 am

    If you are running EndeavourOS, you don’t need to reinstall, it’s a rolling release, the wallpapers can be retrieved with the button in the welcome app.

Daniel · September 3, 2021 at 11:58 am

Well mabye i should try what’s the difference between this and let say Manjaro and Arco? Do EndevourOS hold back updates like Manjaro?

abdulSattar Shaikh · September 7, 2021 at 7:57 am

Today endeavour has climbed to 2nd rank in distrowatch ranking. Further i have installed the kde in just 6 minuters and it starts and shuts down very fast. Thank you. I think I may not jump to other distros. I have been using endeavour on and off for the past one year. I want to settle down with endeavour. Thank you and GOD bless you developers.

Sidney APATA · September 8, 2021 at 9:07 am

I am new to Linux, about a year. I started with Ubuntu and for the past four months on Manjaro. I hope installing Endeavour OS will be smooth sail for me. Please direct me to your support site.

    Bryanpwo · September 8, 2021 at 9:17 am

    Hi and thank you for considering us. If you go to the community tab on the top of the page, you can choose one of our community-driven support sites. If you want tutorials, you can also visit our wiki, also available in the menu on top of this page.

Gideon · September 12, 2021 at 9:49 am

Using endevour on my work machine and absolutely love it! Thanks guys

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