The wait is almost over, after two postponements we finally can announce the launch of our newest ISO…

Before I go into detail with the very exciting list of enhancements and new features the upcoming release is shipping, I’m also going to give you an update on other projects you can expect very soon, so here goes…

Arch Linux video tips on Discovery

We already have a wiki on the EndeavourOS website and some extra articles on the Discovery website to enhance the user experience. We’ve noticed that a lot of users search the internet for videos when an issue has arisen to solve the problem and often they involve solutions that specifically are addressed for Ubuntu or Debian users and a lot of new users get stuck after performing the first couple of steps.

This is why we’re going to present you a place where you can find a selection of high-quality videos with clear and easy instructions to help you solve an issue while running EndeavourOS.

We’d like to thank Derek Taylor (Distrotube), Chris Titus Tech and Eric Adams for giving their permission in sharing their videos to enhance the experience of our users.

You can find a selection of their videos on Discovery later this month and don’t forget to like the video or subscribe to their channels if it was useful to you.

Translated website

Earlier, I informed you that our website is going to get translated versions, the website is going to be translated in Spanish, Russian, Romanian, Polish, Greek, German and French.

We’re hoping to present the first translated websites in French, German, Spanish and Russian in June, followed by the other languages.

We’re still looking for volunteers who can help us with Italian, Portuguese and of course, other languages. If you’re interested, please contact us on our forum or Telegram, you can also use the contact form on the website.

Desktop Environment theming

We’ve decided to let go of the theming of each Desktop Environment, due to the enthusiastic reactions we’ve received on our December release. Starting from our upcoming release, all Desktop Environments on the net-installer will be installed vanilla-themed with the option to install our branded wallpaper. So, unlike the December release, XFCE will be installed vanilla themed also.

Our offline XFCE install will still be shipping the themed version.

April release

The April release will be shipping some major changes we’ve been working on the past few months, some of those are:

  • Universal ISO boot, so NVIDIA running system can now also boot the ISO.
  • New Calamares branding
  • LUKS encryption
  • During install, a terminal window will pop up to show the progress of the installation. This is to avoid users prematurely quitting the installation, because the process bar in Calamares looks like it’s stalling, while the system is proceeding without a hitch.
  • Our own mirror will be installed as the first choice, next to the existing Github mirror. For already running systems, there will be a simple transfer through the welcome app available.
  • All Desktop Environments are installed vanilla themed in the net-installer, the offline installer will install our themed XFCE as experienced in the Live environment.
  • A fix for dual-booting
  • Pahis a script to show the history of one or all packages.
  • EndeavourOS log tools a GUI app to help to post log files when reporting a bug.
  • All unnecessary drivers will be automatically removed during the last phase of the install.
  • And…

Yes, this release will ship the long-awaited i3-wm simply configured to make your jumpstart with it.

The set-up only uses LXappearance to be able to handle GTK themes, so it doesn’t use a Desktop Environment as a base.

The April release will be available on:

Easter Sunday 12 April.
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