The first stable version of EndeavourOS was released on July 15, 2019, with a friendly GUI-based offline and online installer, which presents the easiest method to set up a system.
Now, the latest version EndeavourOS 2020.4.11 brings several new enhancements, such as improvements in the look and feel of the offline Calamares installer, with the main theme color of the installer changing from purple to blue with more details to go along with it.
And if you run an open-source driver or NVIDIA proprietary driver, you can easily boot your system with dedicated graphics cards.
Major New Features in EndeavourOS 2020.4.11?
As already mentioned above, the latest version brings improvements to the look and feel of the offline Calamares installer, and akin to Ubiquity in Ubuntu, Calamares offer a terminal window in the background to display progress of the installation.
The installer also performs a cleaning up of drivers for light experience during the first boot. And the welcome app now supports several languages such as German, Spanish, Russian and French, in addition to English language.
Other changes include:
- Linux Kernel 5.6.3-arch1-1
- VMWare support included on the ISO
- LUKS encryption in the installer
- Vanilla Theme Desktop Environments in net-installer
- Mesa 20.04.-1
- Firefox 75.0-1 Arch
Additionally, the new version of the software ships with new built-in applications, like Pahis which shows the package history in the terminal and Eos-log-tool that's helpful to create a log file for a bug report, to name a few.
Installation of EndeavourOS 2020.4.11
You can install the latest version of EndeavourOS either as a fully themed Xfce DE via the offline Calamares installer or from a variety of desktop environments using online net-installer.
However, for a first-timer, you'll need fresh installation, by downloading the latest ISO image from the official website. And if you encounter any difficulties, there are official installation instructions available here.