I’ve been using vanilla arch for awhile now but will be doing a fresh install on a new SSD in the next few days. I’m really just want to get the system up and running without too much effort and I’m wondering what the difference between Endeavor and Arch is. I’ll be using i3 with btrfs.
Will the packages be coming from Envendor or Arch? When the official arch repos update will I receive them?
2.What is the actual difference between the two distros?
not really comparable… as EndeavourOS only have a limited variety of possible ways to install the OS and arch does not have such limitations on its own.
But the main difference is the way EndeavourOS installs the OS by preselecting the install method and giving options like Desktop Environments and Bootloader.
But is limited in other parts to like we do not have options to choose the audio-system on install time or the way it builds ramfs images… these things are decisions w made up for easy maintaining and caused by limitations of a graphical installer
Perhaps the most significant difference between vanilla Arch and EndeavorOS is that EOS has a small but friendly community that won’t dismiss seemingly silly questions from the inexperienced, whereas on the Arch forum you’ll get RTFM answers at best.
I ended up going with EOS. I had problems booting into the live USB with ventoy, finally managed to get the live environment running. It would of been nice to preview the i3 environment first without installing but it wasn’t a deal breaker. I went through the install but when my machine rebooted I didn’t see any boot manager. It may of been because I had a boot manager deselected? I’m not 100% sure regardless I removed ventoy from my USB stick and transferred the iso using the DD method and it worked. I was able to boot into the live environment, install and see the bootloader.
If I would go through the install process again I would most likely deselect a lot of the custom theming and customizations to i3 as I would rather have it close to stock i3 without having to revert the custom edits to the config.
Overall the experience is good and it seems like it’s close to vanilla arch. Hopefully I don’t have to do another system OS re-install for another 4 years or so!