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Last Update: 2023-04-22 22:17 UTC

blendOS is an Arch Linux-based, rolling release distribution which automates installing software from supported distributions (Arch, Fedora, and Ubuntu) into containers. blendOS tries to make software management in across containers feel native and provides access to the user's home directory for each container.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 134 (67), 6 months: 99 (134), 3 months: 37 (271), 4 weeks: 61 (174), 1 week: 47 (196)

Average visitor rating: 4.13/10 from 8 review(s).

blendOS Summary
Distribution blendOS
Home Page https://blendos.co/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums
Documentation --
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors https://github.com/blend-os/blendOS/releases
Bug Tracker https://github.com/blend-os/blendOS/issues
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Reviews 2023.x: DistroWatch
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Feature 2023.04.22
Release Date 2023-04-22
End Of Life  
Price (US$) Free
Image Size (MB) 2800-3100
Free Download ISO
Installation Graphical
Default Desktop GNOME, KDE Plasma
Package Management Flatpak, Pacman
Release Model Rolling
Office Suite --
Processor Architecture x86_64
Init Software systemd
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext4
Multilingual Yes
Asian Language Support  
Full Package List 2023.04.22
Package 2023.04.22
abiword (3.0.5) --
alsa-lib (1.2.9) 1.2.8
amdgpu (23.0.0) --
bash (5.2.15) 5.1
bind (9.18.15) 9.18.13
chromium (114.0.5735.90) --
cups (2.4.3) --
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) 4.4.3-P1
e2fsprogs (1.47.0) 1.47.0
firefox (113.0.2) 112.0.1
freetype (2.13.0) 2.13.0
gcc (13.1.0) --
gimp (2.10.34) --
glibc (2.37) 2.37
gnome-shell (44.2) 43.4
gnucash (5.1) --
gnumeric (1.12.55) --
grub (2.06) --
gtk (4.10.3) 4.10.1
httpd (2.4.57) 2.4.57
inkscape (1.2.2) --
k3b (23.04.1) --
kmod (30) 30
krita (5.1.5) --
libreoffice (7.5.3) --
linux (6.3.5) 6.2.11
Package 2023.04.22
lxpanel (0.10.1) --
mariadb (10.11.3) --
mate-desktop (1.26.1) --
mesa (23.1.1) 23.0.2
mysql (8.0.33) --
nautilus (44.2) 43.3
NVIDIA (530.41.03) 530.41.03
openbox (3.6.1) --
openjdk (20.0.1) --
openssh (9.3p1) 9.3p1
openssl (3.1.1) 3.0.8
perl (5.36.1) 5.36.0
php (8.2.6) --
plasma-desktop (5.27.5) 5.27.4
postfix (3.8.0) --
postgresql (15.3) --
Python (3.11.3) 3.10.10
qt (6.5.1) 5.15.9
samba (4.18.3) 4.18.2
systemd (253.5) 253.3
thunderbird (102.11.2) --
vim (9.0) --
vlc (3.0.18) --
wayland (1.22.0) 1.22.0
xfdesktop (4.18.1) --
xorg-server (21.1.8) 21.1.8

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Version: 2023.04.22
Rating: 10
Date: 2023-05-12
Votes: 4

This is very cool immutable and blending, even android apps work fine!

I hope they keep on working on this and updating and fine tuning, yay works too after installing, even without container, I like the arch base :-)

I wish the developers good luck en good fortune and hope they have time to work on this fine distribution, it seems to work with overlays for the immutable part, some more explanation would be fine ;-)

They say you can also build your own DE .iso, I could not find that yet, but l will keep on looking

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Version: 2023.04.22
Rating: 5
Date: 2023-05-09
Votes: 4

Giving it a 5 for potential, lost 5 because it was clearly poorly tested out the door, some bugs are glaring and could've been caught with some closed early testing. The pieces are all there BUT only the base OS works. As of just this writing here's what works
-base OS
-Containers for Fedora/Ubuntu, etc
-Updating OS (with caveats, immutability needs to be disabled as there's a bug currently).

What doesn't:
-System Update option should be available rather than updating through CLI. Better clarity in what is being updated (system or containers?).
-Android stuff
-Web Store
-Immutablity (requires removing blend from mkinitcpio.conf for now to update)
-I'm sure there's more I missed blendos github will have more

The lack of BlendOS documentation and using Telegram as a support forum makes this not a good option for a community. Forums work as they create an archivable living document of issues and resolutions over time. While the Arch, Ubuntu and Fedora bits have lots of support, that helps somewhat but there needs to be some links on the main site to any issues that a user can resolve. BUT BlendOS is a BLEND of various OSes and thus needs some more specialized support. I think it requires lots more polish before I'd call it usable as a daily driver. BUT it's got REALLY solid potential as an OS. I'm definitely keeping an eye on it as it improves. That it uses KDE Plasma for me personally is a nice touch as I like KDE over Gnome, an nice plus would be to add more DEs or a tool that scripts installs for other installs.

While I can fix most Linux problems on my own, it's nicer to have a "just works" OS (of which there are quite a few already). Again the 5 stars are because I feel like this OS came out WAYY too early before many of the features were properly baked, the lack of proper documentation and a lack of a forum. Discord and Telegram are great for chats and hot takes, not for proper support. Lots of good info plus repetitive questions which could be linked in a forum post instead (even if people still ask the same questions).

A good Linux distro IMHO requires a solid but WIP distro that's at least potentially usable as a 1.0 daily driver (BlendOS is in 2.0) AND a solid community infrastructure for support which has been the success model for other more well known distros. The potential is here given the creator of the Distro, Rudra Saraswat has created a number of amazing tools for Ubuntu and even Ubuntu Unity. I truly look forward to seeing this distro progress to the point it's my daily driver.

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Version: 2023.04.22
Rating: 1
Date: 2023-05-07
Votes: 0

Is like it sounds... too good to be truth. Zero documentation, not even man pages, poor community. All the package compatibility is not like they say also, Android and AUR at least,dont work every app, just some. I like the idea, but theres a lot of work to do yet.
Is no more than arch linux, after you install, all you have is arch linux + kde with some features that don't work, and some others that you don't know how it works. I mean they don't even write a man page for its main command 'blend'... seriously? Also there is no sem version is hard to know what is the state of the distro. No Readme neither.... LOL

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