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5.6from 19 review(s)
This Distro is mainly meant for education and offline usage, it comes with pre-installed encyclopedias, educational content, custom games and activities specifically designed for this OS, The "Hack" app for example where you can explore the OS, write code and have some fun.
Lots of additional educational content and many games are available in the App Center, it can be very interesting to explore for kids age 8-15. Although the App Center itself is slow and can hang for a while after install/delete (more on it later).
The read only root file system means you can't install anything outside of the App Center, and can't really break anything by your own actions, at least not without deep linux knowledge to know how to break it.
Now the bad parts.
I have an old NVIDIA graphic card - GeForce 770 and Wayland driver is not available for this card, so I often had freezes and graphical glitches, for example in Anki, the hardware acceleration was not working either. But switching to Xorg at login manager didn't help, maybe because it was not using the proprietary driver? It's hard to tell, because you can't really use apt to install anything, and nvidia was not found in the App Center. I think the hardware detection and driver installation could be better.
The OS does not include any DNS filtering or parenting control by default so the 'bad' sites are fully accessible.
Endless OS 5.0.4 (May 2023) still doesn't support black theme in Gnome. Gnome itself is very limiting, I had to write configuration to .profile (which you can do since it's in a user home folder not the root fs)
Because you can't install anything which is not available in the App Center if this OS is broken for you out of the box it's very difficult to fix it, even if you know your way around other, traditional linuxes.
For some reason some apps were not available for me in the App Center - vscode(ium), vim, emacs. But I could find and install them from the flathub site, after which they started to show in the App Center.
App Center is too slow and buggy, it takes ~3-6 second for search. No availability to install with right click from the list of found apps, you have to go to each app page and install from there, but it takes ~5 seconds per each page load.
If you don't have an old nvidia card and want to explore the pre-installed apps in an Offline setting it can be OK'is choice, for anything else I would not recommend it.
I am a Linux noob. I installed Endless 5.0.2 Basic edition on a HP with a Ryzen 3 AMD CPU, Raedon GPU. 1 TB hard drive and 8 GB RAM. Endless installed on a single partition with read-only root file system with no issues. Most Linux distros will fail to install non-free firmware. Endless did the install PERFECTLY !!!
I installed the following software from the Endless App Center: Brave, Firefox and TOR browsers. Darktable, GIMP and Shotcut for media production. PyCharm Professional and VScodium for Python development. All these tasks were completed WITHOUT using the terminal and CLI commands.
Endless appears to be running smoothly and stable with the listed software installed. I setup Automatic Updates and Endless updated everything to the current version. Endless appears to target beginners, home and noob users. It is a CROSSOVER Linux distribution. If that is what you want, I encourage you to try it!
Thank You Endless OS!
i tested endless os 5.0 some days ago, i think it has simple and nice look, beautiful themes and icons.and it is easy to use, it runs very smoothly on my old computer.
but it should improve its installation guide.i have used ubuntu and linuxmint over ten years, but i dont know how to install endless os.maybe i should make a clean hd partition before i run the installation guide.
and this is another opinion, it would be better for endless os to add the software repositorities choose tool.users need a faster server instead of the default one.
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