Surprise, surprise, surprise. If Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. were still alive today, humble me suspects he would use EndeavourOS because of the Developers honesty, e.g. “A terminal-centric distro..” or keyboard-based OS. Note, however, honesty only refers to EndeavourOS’ Developers ‘n not their users. From what I have seen, like a clear majority of other Arch ‘n Archie users, many of their users will ‘Lie Through Their Teeth’. Fact is, that’s a problem throughout the entire Linux community ‘n base, unfortunately…thusly, it is refreshing to see some honesty from the EndeavourOS Developers! Even on their Wiki ‘n in their Forum, the Developer/s honesty shines throughout, IMHO. I have been tough on EndeavourOS in the past, but they have been steadily improving this Distro since they took over the failed Antergos OS last year.

Have also been looking for a reason to bounce Linux Mint from my Top 10 anyway. In reality, Mint is nothing more than a Desktop Environment posing as a Linux Distro OS, i.e. w/o the Cinnamon DE Linux Mint is nothing. Today, I created a Purgatory section on the Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros page, and have placed Linux ‘DE‘ Mint into it. EndeavourOS (EOS) can now have that #10 spot, under the newly created Category of Honesty. However, like most Arch ‘n Arch-based Distros, EOS is ‘buggy’ so am not sure how long it can stay in the Top 10. Mainly, was surprised EndeavourOS had a root login option, which allowed me to opt out of the ‘Pesky Passwords’, sudo, su, system administrator, superuser, supervisor, root, substitute user, principle of least privilege (PoLP), etcetera ‘n etcetera ‘n etcetera annoying Linux stuff after logging in as root, and will certainly add it permanently to the Distros w/ *NO* ‘Pesky Passwords’ page.

I tried the “offline” install option first, but maybe the ‘upstream Calamares bugs’ were a problem and/or the Xfce DE just didn’t work for me very long. Was able to login as root, but the system died soon after getting updated. I find Xfce difficult to move around ‘n find stuff, so decided to try the “netinstall” option next ‘n ended up with this:

Gotta love that Cinnamon DE! After the “offline” bad results, I decided to make a quick Clonezilla image this time, before updating. Oh, the Nvidia driver was also added during this “netinstall” installation, which was nice, and here’s a pic:

NVIDIA X Server showed version 455.28 was installed. Updated the system ‘n made a second Clonezilla  image after that. Was using a 120GB SSD, and wanted to test EOS installed on a USB. Had an extra 128GB SanDisk Ultra USB so restored the updated Clonezilla image to it. Worked for awhile, but started crashing after logging in as standard password dependent “karmi” user, and then logging back in as root. Had no sound in the root section (only FossaPup64 9.5 ‘n Fedora Cinnamon Spin ‘n CentOS Stream avoid that issue so far in the root section), so had gone to the standard password dependent “karmi” user section to see if there was sound, and it was. Had Puppy Linux do a disk check ‘n fix on it, and was finally able to get back into the EOS USB root section, where I deleted standard user “karmi.”

Anyway, USB may be a problem for EOS root, so I’m back to the original SSD. Don’t seem to have any problems (other than no sound in root section) logging out, then login as user “karmi” ‘n back again when using the SSD. Let me try deleting user “karmi” whilst in root section … boot back up and graphics is wrong at login Welcome screen … “karmi” is gone tho! Yep, wrong resolution on Desktop ‘n popup saying to check driver. Shutdown…boot back up after few minutes and everything looks good @ Welcome screen ‘n also on DE. However, another reboot, and display is @ 1024 x 768 resolution again.

OK…no biggie since I have that Clonezilla  image handy, and will restore it to this SSD and the Ultra USB. Will try not to delete standard password dependent “karmi” user so fast this time. 😉

I forget how CentOS Stream handled the user ‘n Administrator accounts, but I just click different user than “karmi” at login screen and then enter as root. May check that in a new test install soon, since I don’t remember how the standard user was handled. Was using CentOS 8 until recently going w/ CentOS Stream…point is, Linux is mostly in the past when it come to root user and passwords, so even the same Distros can handle root differently in their various versions, Flavors, DE’s, etc. Windows 10 has more than a Billion Worldwide users, and quite a few like to opt out of the password crap. All the Linux Distros combine for just 2%+- of the total Worldwide Desktop user base, and have been stuck at that percentage forever. A mouse that can only point ‘n click, and scroll about 1.5-2 lines per Mouse Wheel Click – plus an archaic desire to force their users to be password dependent is not an attraction, IMHO.

Fedora Cinnamon Spin allows you to install it without a standard user, so when I boot it goes right into the Desktop w/o having to login, and since its root there is no need for sudo or su or annoying “Authenticate” GUI password popups:

How many GUI “Authenticate” password popups is a standard user forced to address in Linux Distros that don’t offer an opt out or root logins @ Welcome screen? Here’s a couple more:

Get busy doing something – POPUP! Stop what you’re doing, leave the mouse ‘n move to the keyboard in order to type in the password. Get busy again – POPUP! Start to get up ‘n go to the bathroom – POPUP! OK…just kidding on that one, but am surprised Linux hasn’t forced users to use a password before using the bathroom!? 😉

Gotta love Fedora Cinnamon! BTW, Fedora’s default Workstation (GNOME) requires the standard password dependent user, and I don’t think root logins work there (??). Other Spins allowed a fulltime root user. Linus Torvalds calls such – “Fragmentation.” 2000+ Linux Distros (includes DE’s, SPINS, Flavors, etc) and Linux Fragmentation is everywhere in ‘n around Linux…Linux Fragmentation is Infinite, IMHO.

Puppy Linux? Their Developers never heard of a password, and is one of the reasons I have used it for a long long time. I use Puppy 9.5, Fedora Cinnamon ‘n CentOS Stream as my main Linux Distros…have them on USB’s fulltime on both main Linux Test Machines, ‘Apevia’ Ryzen™ (AMD) ‘n ‘Rose’ (Intel). Fedora Cinnamon is my favorite Linux Desktop OS at this point…

OK…some more tests to conduct, but for now the EndeavourOS is looking pretty good, IMHO.