EndeavourOS is quickly becoming one of the most popular Arch-based Linux distributions available. It gives users the speed, power, and high level of choice that makes Arch Linux stand out without the somewhat difficult and often frustrating manual configuration process.
The sleek layout and intuitive GUI make it easy to install EndeavourOS, one of the most advanced Linux operating systems.
What is EndeavourOS?
EndeavourOS is for intermediate and advanced Linux users. The graphical installer simplifies initial setup, but the installer will still give you a long list of choices as to what exactly is installed on your system.
A side benefit of the GUI installer is that you are given a lot of options, whereas if you were installing Arch through a terminal environment, you might not even be aware of most of the software choices that are available to you.
While this makes EndeavourOS a great system for users who want absolute control over their system, it also opens the door to possible glitches and even system crashes caused by conflicting packages and programs. With more choices comes more responsibility.
What attracts most users is the same thing that attracts many users to Arch, complete control over the smallest details of their operating system. EndeavourOS makes the installation process easy for the average user, but adheres closely to the Arch Linux principle that your system should have only the software you choose to install, nothing more and nothing less.
Like Arch, EndeavourOS follows a progressive release model. There is no fixed release schedule for major releases. Instead, when you run regular updates, all system packages are constantly updated to the latest version.
With this type of release model, you’ll never have to stop and run a full “system upgrade” to keep up with the latest OS version.
Where to get EndeavourOS
As you might have guessed, you can find download links to the latest ISO images on the official EndeavourOS website. There are several mirrors with direct downloads as well as torrent options.
To download: EndeavourOS
There are 13 different versions of EndeavourOS available. Each comes pre-configured with its own desktop environment and some basic software. You’ll find all the most popular Linux desktops and more, including:
- Plasma KDEComment
- To balance
In short, you can run just about any desktop available on EndeavourOS. In the spirit of keeping things as simple as possible, however, you’ll only find one ISO image to download, regardless of which desktop you want.
To get started, download the ISO of your choice, create a live USB, and reboot your computer from the EndeavourOS installation media.
How to install EndeavourOS
When you boot into the live system you will be greeted with a clean and simple XFCE desktop and a welcome application which will allow you to adjust some general settings as well as launch the installer. It also contains links to the latest release information, the Endeavor wiki, the community forum, and pre-installation tips.
On launch, the installer will ask you if you want to perform an online or offline installation. An online installation will allow you to choose from all available desktops, configure your own theme, and choose from some additional software options.
If you have an active internet connection, online installation will be the best option. The offline installation requires no network connection and instead installs the system from the software packages available on the live system ISO.
The installer will first ask you for the language you want to use and your location. He will then present you with your first major choice. Among the options, you will be able to choose one of nine different desktops along with a few other options such as an LTS (long term support) kernel release, accessibility options, and printer support.
Once you have made your choices and confirmed, the installer will make the necessary changes to your hard drive configuration and begin the installation process. Sit back, relax and in a few minutes you will be asked to restart your computer.
The first time you start your new EndeavourOS system, a welcome application will open, providing easy access to system update functions as well as installing common applications that you may want to arrangement.
It is highly recommended to run the first two options on the After installation tongue: Update mirrors and Update system. Update mirrors connect to several of the available software repositories and try to find the ones that respond to you the fastest.
Once located, the program will set them as your default software download points. This will ensure that you get good download speeds when you need to install or update anything. The System Update option will do exactly what it says: it will check your system against currently available software and update everything to the latest versions.
Once you’ve updated everything, it’s time to explore! the General informations The Welcome app tab contains links to the EndeavourOS website, wiki, forum, and other useful sites. the Assistant will help you update your system, troubleshoot and locate firmware.
the Tips will familiarize you with various aspects of managing your new system. Finally, the Add more apps The tab will help you install some of the most common apps and show you where to find anything you’re looking for.
EndeavourOS: after installation
The base system you are left with after installation will vary somewhat depending on the desktop and any additional software you chose at the start of the installation process.
In most cases, you will end up with what is generally considered a “minimal installation”. You will have your desktop environment, some basic applications like text editor, calculator, web browser, some audio/video applications, etc.
To start filling in the gaps, you can choose from thousands of packages available in the Arch User Repository, commonly referred to as an AUR. The AUR is what makes Arch-based Linux distributions truly special.
You will find everything you are looking for and much more. From professional-grade software to user-generated gems and so many things you didn’t know you wanted, it’s all here.
Enjoy your Arch-based EndeavourOS system
Once setup is complete, your journey has just begun. From this moment on, you have full control over your computer and your user environment. You can create and modify features as you see fit.
There are countless destinations, and even more ways to reach them. Where will your EndeavourOS take you? You can start by customizing your desktop and customizing it to personalize it.
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