Another Arch based wannabe wanting to return to the old DOS days – Welcome to EndeavourOS:

.. snip .. but you think you aren’t confident enough to do the install process and dealing with bleeding-edge releases after install?

Dealing with the “bleeding-edge” of rolling releases – AKA instability.

EndeavourOS is a terminal-centric distro, so we don’t offer you GUI tools out of the box to make your jumpstart easier, instead, we offer you the opportunity to give you full control from the start in creating a system that suits your idea in computing.

Shouldn’t they just change the name to ‘EndeavourDOS’? Anyway, took it for a quick ‘Live’ test this morning, and first thing I noticed was no choice to “Try” (as in try ‘Live’ session) or “Install” options, just an install welcome screen with a “see you later” in the right-hand bottom corner of the window!?! The “see you later” was their way of telling you to try this ‘Toy’ OS.

Second thing I noticed was when I went to switch primary mouse button from left to right, they had right-handed mouse button already selected, but their left-handed mouse button was the primary. Had to select “Left-handed” mouse button to get it to actually change primary to right-handed mouse button!?! Maybe they don’t know their right hand from their left hand Over There?

Third thing I noticed was it didn’t automatically recognize my Wi-Fi internet connection, but it did allow you to set it up manually – I think!?!? Showed the Wi-Fi Internet access icon was connected, and Firefox would open the “Welcome to Firefox” tab, but no other web sites would open.

I’ll let Jack M. Germain take over from here, since he is kinder to the Arch “DOS” families of ‘Toy’ OSes than me – EndeavourOS 2020: Possibly the Best Arch Linux Option:

Rolling releases are the norm for Arch-based Linux distributions. So is a high hassle rating for installing and adding software. It is in neutralizing this later point that EndeavourOS excels.

Arch-based distros usually do not boot your computer into a standalone demo or live session mode. Arch Linux family members are not likely to have a user-friendly GUI-based installer to reduce the pain of manually partitioning and setting up installation commands.

EndeavourOS provides both, sort of.

Arch and ‘Archies’ all have inferior installers…child-like at best.

My big gripe with the Calamares installer has been its fail rate for auto partitioning.

Like humble me said, Jack is kinder than me, since I would’ve also mentioned its “Manual” partitioning fail rate (99%?). Anyway, ‘EndeavourDOS’ has added a new gimmick in an attempt to attract new users:

This distro gives you a choice of numerous popular desktop environments and one window manager. The choices are impressive: Xfce4, MATE, Cinnamon, KDE Plasma, GNOME, Budgie, Deepin and LXQT. Also available as a choice is the i3 window manager.

Er, OK ‘n wow. Should’ve spent more time working on stuff like mouse settings and Wi-Fi connections, IMHO.

Rule of Thumb – if you can’t install Ubuntu on it, then you can’t install any Linux Distro on it.