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Re: Endless OS Helps Tear Down Linux Wall
Posted by: Jack M. Germain 2018-02-23 02:51:17
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The Endless OS is a distro with its own adapted desktop environment based on Gnome 3, and with an even simpler and more streamlined user experience. Although it looks and feels a lot like an Android shell running on a PC, Endless OS is a fully functional Linux distro designed to be easy to install and very simple to use. The latest version's features include automatic updates, improved launch speed for applications, and some Flatpak programs from the Flathub community repository rather than Endless' custom repository.

Re: Endless OS Helps Tear Down Linux Wall
Posted by: ramcq 2018-02-23 03:04:50 In reply to: Jack M. Germain
Hi Jack, this is Rob McQueen from Endless. Thanks for the great and detailed review! We're really glad to hear that on the whole, we managed to deliver you the smooth/polished experience that we're aiming for. :)

Just to follow up on a few points:
- We actually need to update our hardware compatibility documentation - we added the NVidia drivers in our 3.3.10 release at the start of this month so we should expect these to work pretty well now. In a month or two we're going to get the new AMD open source drivers, so compatibility with AMD GPUs should increase as well.
- I think we'll have to agree to disagree about how essential virtual workspaces are, but the good news is that because the Endless shell is based on GNOME Shell, the functionality is still there. You can access it via a "gsettings" command line, or I think "Dconf Editor" or "GNOME Tweak Tool" will be appearing soon in the App Center.
- Whilst the codecs included the OS are limited, you can download apps like VLC which allow video playback, and if you install the system, the default browser switches to Chrome if the download completes. So it's not usually necessary to buy the codec unlock key in practice. Over the course of this year we should be able to improve the built-in codec support as the patents surrounding some codecs such as AAC and MPEG2 are expiring.
- Really sorry about the USB/DVD confusion - support for booting from DVD is a recent addition to the OS and we've not fixed all of the places in the OS that refer to the live USB.
- Touch support (on-screen keyboard especially) should also be improving in releases this year thanks to updated versions of the GNOME desktop where this experience has improved.

If you (or other readers) have any other questions about Endless, feel free to reply or drop me a private message or e-mail!

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