I’m in support for moving to KDE Plasma by default on the Live environment and for the offline install. Not that Xfce is bad, it’s actually a really good option for low to medium end and older computers and for users who want a customizable DE using GTK without Plasma’s extensive options and don’t need fancy animations, but for the type of user EndeavourOS is targeting, I think it’s a good move; EndeavourOS is meant for users who are intermediate to advanced with Linux.
In my opinion, I think that you guys should move to KDE Plasma by default on the Live USB and for the default offline install because not a lot of good distros use KDE Plasma by default, and the ones that do often do so as a backup (Kubuntu, Manjaro KDE, Fedora KDE, and the late Linux Mint KDE flavor).
If you guys need any help with testing this new ISO; I certainly have enough Nvidia, AMD, and Intel devices to do so with!
Take your time on Galileo, EndeavourOS is awesome as it is, and “hum-drum shenanigans” and other life complications have increased for all of us in the last few years.
Is there a list of changes since R1 (or even since Nova)? For example, does it include a revised pacman.conf without the community repo, and does the installer now recognise apps newly added to the Arch repos (such as kasts and kio-admin) when they are in user_pkglist.txt? (I didn’t see anything in the announcement).
Cassini Nova R1 doesn’t. If kasts & kio-admin are in my user_pkglist.txt a message pops up before Calamares appears saying that they are not recognised (I can’t remember the exact wording as it’s been a little while since I saw it). I remove these two from my user_pkglist.txt and install them later on.
I’m going to do a test install of Cassini Nova R2 shortly and will report back…
One piece of feedback… On booting the ISO, it now checks immediately for an internet connection and if there is none, a popup gives options including waiting for 10 seconds. I’m not as quick on the draw as I used to be, and a wait of 30 seconds to find your WiFi network in the list and input the password would be more helpful, not least because it pops up again while you’re trying to input your password.
EDIT: R2 also installs the latest pacman.conf without the community repo, so minor niggle about the internet connection popup aside, it’s a solid for R2 from me
main reason for the rebuild wa sthe repo changes…
Not sure about why user_pkglist was not find the packages… it simply checks with pacman to see if packages exist in repos…
just checked and indeed it could happen that it does not find newly added packages because we do not update db before the installer is started… If you do a sudo pacman -Syy on the livesession it does find them. @manuel could check this?
Personally I don’t see why you would replace simple XFCE with the more complicated KDE. I had used KDE from when it was KDE4 through KDE Plasma5. It use to be a great desktop but has gone beyond being a good easy desktop. New people are going to find it very confusing and will end up looking else where. Like the old saying goes, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it!”.
it actually got easier to use with the last restructuring of settings that happened some years ago. Everytime I look elsewhere, I miss features and find other DE’s to complicated to configure to my liking (especially because other DE’s need lots of (unstable) external addons to get functionality that is simply there in KDE …)