** Runs into pub, slamming Linux Format magazine onto nearest table, spilling numerous drinks in the process**
"Guys, Linux Format have posted a review of Endeavour in their magazine!"
In all seriousness though, I think it’s great coverage for Endeavour to be featured in Linux Format (I access the magazine via Scribd subscription).
As for the review itself… I would say it’s quite a good review - Despite the comparisons to Antergos and Manjaro… Nevertheless, at least more people will become aware of Endeavour and hopefully do an install, even if it’s in a VM or small partition.
I think 8/10 is a good score. As I always see things as being out of 9.
10 is non existent in my book as there’s no such thing as perfect.
Though that’s just me, I can see why you’d question their score as EOS is extremely fast. Compared to the other distros I have installed on other systems (Elementary, MX and Solus) EndeavourOS does feel the most responsive/snappy.
Most distro reviews are utter rubbish, because people reviewing the distro do not spend enough time using it.
But this one feels especially unfair, because you don’t even have to use EndeavourOS to know that it cannot possibly be in any way less performant than pure Arch. In fact, EndeavourOS is just adding a custom repo to Arch and changing the branding a bit.
So if the author rates the performance of Endeavour as 8/10, that is also the score vanilla Arch should get. And there is no way that PopOS, or antiX are more performant than Arch. I call on that.
I think the ratings overall seem okay. In terms of performance, I find that a bit hard to evaluate because it’s dependent upon which desktop you use and it’s not so easy to do a like for like comparison across distros. Best you can do is an “out of the box” test, and in terms of out of the box EndeavourOS would be fairly highly rated due to the lack of bloat. Perhaps for this reviewer an 8 for performance is fantastic, but I’d really have to know whether they rated another distro 9 or 10 for performance and if so, which distro was it before I felt the 8 was unfair.
In any case, constructive feedback is always good. Helps the EOS team know what people think and whether anything needs adjustment in accordance with the feedback received.