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Endless OS

Last Update: 2018-01-09 15:46 UTC

Endless OS is a Linux-based operating system which provides a simplified and streamlined user experience using a customized desktop environment forked from GNOME 3. Rather than using a traditional Linux package management system, Endless OS uses a read-only root file system managed by OSTree with application bundles overlaid on top.

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Average visitor rating: 7.06/10 from 16 review(s).

Endless OS Summary
Distribution Endless OS
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Feature 3.3.8
Release Date 2018-01-08
End Of Life  
Price (US$) Free
Image Size (MB) 2300-14000
Free Download IMG
Installation n/a
Default Desktop Endless Shell (GNOME fork)
Package Management GNOME Software, OSTree
Release Model Fixed
Office Suite LibreOffice
Processor Architecture x86_64
Init Software systemd
Journaled File Systems ext4
Multilingual yes
Asian Language Support  
Full Package List  

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Version: 3.3.5
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-01-02
Votes: 3

Endless is the first linux OS I've used, except for a very brief time using Ubuntu. It's been a great experience so far since it's really user friendly and since it comes with all of the apps that a basic user would want to use.

I thought I'd miss the Microsoft Office suite most, but I've just used Google Docs instead and that works well since I can export those as .ods or .docx, etc.

I definitely recommend Endless for people who are transitioning to Linux like myself, and for people who just want a fast, simple, and beautiful OS.

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Version: 3.3.5
Rating: 8
Date: 2017-12-27
Votes: 11

This isn't a routine Linux distro looking for a home on your repurposed Wintel laptop, but a mission with a market niche: computing for those in places in the world where the Internet isn't always (or even routinely) available.

I see it a bit like the similarly noble (if, even on its own terms, failed) OLPC XO laptop program: extending the range and ease with which people can interact with simple, relatively affordable computers, learning through exploration, in a fairly elegant, contained desktop environment.

Endless developers, you have chosen the less traveled path...rock on!

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Version: 3.3.5
Rating: 6
Date: 2017-12-22
Votes: 3

It is very different from most distros and probably more for education purposes with many useful programs for children. I tested the live USB and it booted fine and used very little memory and found my wifi straight away.
The biggest problem here was the Software Centre; no search facility, many common apps missing and no version numbers.
I next tried installing and this was the biggest problem. You were given a choice of destroying all your files or reformatting your whole drive (if you had more than one partition). You cannot proceed without agreeing. So clearly this cannot be used alongside Windows or other distros. It seems to be designed for inexperienced users and probably does a good job but I wasn't prepared to destroy all my partitions to find out.
What if you had Mint on one partition and all your data on another? You must destroy your data as well as your Mint installation.

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