Linux distribution: EndeavorOS 22.6 simplifies installation

Version 22.6 of the Linux distribution EndeavorOS mainly brings updated packages. There are small improvements in the installation wizard, for example.

 Linux distribution: EndeavorOS 22.6 simplifies installation

With release 22.6 of EndeavorOS, codename Artemis, the Project maintainer mainly provides a snapshot with updated packages. In addition to newer software, the Linux distribution, which is based on Arch Linux with its rolling release, also brings improvements. For example, the offline installer that installs the Xfce desktop by default has been tidied up.

The installation ISO contains a combined offline and online installer. This allows you to choose whether to install the full Xfce desktop directly from the media. Or whether one of the seven other desktop environments that are supported ex works should end up on the computer using the online option: Xfce, Mate, LXQt, LXDE, Cinnamon, Plasma, Gnome, Budgie. There is also a choice between the window manager Openbox and the tiling window managers i3-WM, BSPWM, Sway, Qtile and Worm.

Simplified installation

The developers emphasize with a wink that they already activated the checkboxes for the necessary basic installation in the installer menu. Users only have to select the desired desktop environment. In practice, of course, it’s not that easy, but almost.

Of course, interested parties must enter a username and password and choose whether they want to erase the hard drive or customize a specific partition layout of their own. The time zone, language and keyboard layout selections still have to be made (the defaults probably fit most and can be accepted with a simple click on “Next”) – not much more is needed to load EndeavorOS 22.6 onto the hard drive promote.

Other innovations

A lot of the supplied software is (almost) up-to-date again. The packages Calamares 3.2.60, Firefox 101.0.1, Linux Kernel 5.18.5 are coming , Mesa 22.1.2, Xorg server 21.1.3 and the nvidia-dkms 515.48.07 kernel modules on the installation media. Firefox, among other things, is of course up to the recently released version 102 after the first update run.

 Linux distribution: EndeavorOS 22.6 simplified Installation

With the new release, both archlinux-keyring and endeavouros-keyring will be updated before online installation to avoid keyring problems. pipewire-media-session has been replaced by wireplumber. For the Budgie desktop environment, the developers have added budgie-control-center to the EndeavorOS repositories to provide an improved and native user experience for Budgie users.

Xfce4 and i3 installation will also start the firewall applet no longer re-defaults. Now the distribution also supports downgrading of packages (eos-downgrade). And there is an installation option for EndeavorOS on ARM systems.

On the EndeavorOS release website, the project operators also link several download mirrors from which the installation images can be downloaded.

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