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EndeavourOS: Arch Linux Made EASY for Everyone

by Geek Insider Staff

If your Arch Linux installation becomes a hassle, consider using the EndeavourOS distro. EndeavourOS’s popularity has gained pace in the recent past mainly due to its easy setup, power, and speed. Arch Linux has these characters, too, but the frustrating, manual setup makes it somewhat tricky. 

EndeavourOS is the most advanced Linux system and comes with an intuitive interface and sleek presentation, that makes the installation a DIY process. 

What Is EndeavourOS?

EndeavorOS is an operating system targeting advanced users. The graphical installer tries to simplify the setup process by letting you choose what to incorporate into the system. GUI installer’s options layout for you to choose from makes it outstanding. The Arch installation process doesn’t give you a chance to select software to install. 

While EndeavourOS is the best choice for absolute control over the system, it’s vulnerable crashes due to conflicting programs and packages. 

The common attractive characteristic in both Arch and EndeavourOS is the full control of every detail in the OS. Like Arch Linux, EndeavourOS shares the principle of prohibiting users from installing different software. 

EndeavourOS also imitates Arch’s rolling release model. The major versions have no fixed release date. Instead, you run regular updates to update system packages constantly. This means there’s no time you’ll conduct a collective system upgrade to install the latest OS version. 

Where Do I Get EndeavourOS?

The official EndeavourOS website has everything you need, from the latest ISO images to download links. You’ll also find torrent options and mirrors with direct downloads. 

EndeavourOS has 13 different flavors, each pre-configured with some basic software and a unique desktop environment. Available EndeavourOS desktops include Cinnamon, GNOME, MATE, Budgie, Sway, KDE Plasma, i3wm, and XFCE. It’s worth noting that you’ll only find one ISO image to download for every desktop in the spirit of simplifying the process. 

Start by downloading your preferable ISO, create a live USB, and restart your desktop from the installation media.  

Install EndeavourOS

You should see a simple and clean XFCE desktop with a welcome app on reboot. Use the app to make necessary changes to the general settings and launch the installer. The app also has links to the pre-installation tips, the community forum, Endeavour Wiki, and the latest updates. 

Click launch and choose either an online or offline installation. The online installation lets you pick from available desktop and software options as well as set up a customized theme. 

The online installation process is the better option for users with a reliable internet connection. If you’re not on any internet network, go for the offline installation option, which utilizes live system ISO’s software packages. 

Now choose your preferred language and allow the installer to access your location. The next step will involve choosing from the nine different desktops and other options such as printer support and accessibility. 

Choose wisely and confirm for the installer to apply the new changes and proceed with the installation. Wait a few minutes, and the installer will request you reboot the system. 

On reboot, you’ll see a welcome application explaining the system update functions and installation processes for additional apps. 

You don’t need to run every option that comes your way. The only highly recommended options to run are the “Update Mirrors” and “Update System” on the “After Install” tab. Update mirrors explores the software repositories and identifies the quick responders. The program then sets the fastest responders as the default download points allowing fast downloads and updates. 

As the name suggests, the Update system option will search, detect, and update your system to the latest software versions. 

Now everything is updated, and you’re free to explore! Quickly review the EndeavourOS forum, wiki, and website through the “General Info” tab. Similarly, you can troubleshoot, update the system or locate software packages through the “Assistant” tab. Use the “Add More Apps” tab to find anything on your system and install more apps. 

Customize EndeavourOS After Installation

The final condition of your installed EndeavourOS mainly depends on your choices during the installation process.

Most users end up with the “minimal install” that has a typical desktop environment and essential apps like the web browser, calculator, and text editor.  

Now, you can fill your system with options from an array of available packages in the Arch User Repository (AUR). 

Install EndeavourOS System

After installing EndeavourOS, you’ll enjoy control over the user environment and the system itself. The system also allows you to alter, create, and customize new functionalities. 

Start by personalizing the desktop to own it and explore the countless destinations differently to see where EndeavourOS will take you.

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