If you prefer your Linux to be of the Arch-type, but don’t want to go through the challenges inherent in installing the full-blown Arch Linux, you have options. One such option is EndeavorOS. Endeavor OS calls itself “terminal-centric.” That doesn’t mean you’ll be spending all of your time within the terminal. In fact, I’d say that Endeavor OS labeling itself as such is a bit misleading. I’ve worked with the OS and found it quite easy to use.
But what does the new version have to offer? First and foremost, it ships with kernel 5.15, which is bleeding edge. One very important feature found in this kernel is the newly written NTFS3 driver, which vastly improves how Linux can interact with NTFS file systems.
Other new additions to the release include a new sanity check for NVIDIA and kernel updates, improvements to the Welcome app, the ability to easily delete the cache of uninstalled packages, the Calamares installer can read output from pacman actions, randomizing EFI path naming, XFCE and i3 can be installed at the same time, NVIDIA DRM modesetting is enabled by default, BTRFS now uses zstd for installation on both SSDs and HDDs, Pipewire is now enabled by default, Legacy/Bios boot uses a fixed label name so it’s now compatible with older BIOS systems.
To find out more about the “Atlantis” release of Endeavor OS, read through the release notes and download an ISO for installation.