Beginning several days ago, I have installed EndeavourOS onto two older, no-longer-currently-active, computers: a ZaReason Strata 7330 with an Intel i7 processor and another ZaReason Strata 7330, this one with an Intel i5 processor. Both were purchased in 2012 and I now use them strictly for experimentation and learning purposes.
The installation process onto these two computers was the fastest I have ever seen with any GNU/Linux distribution. That is probably because there is little ‘bloatware’ included.
For what is essentially a Version 1.0, this system is superb. Period!
As no operating system is ‘perfect’ however, I do have a few suggestions:
On the Live Disc I believe that GParted should be made to be easily found on the Live Disc Desktop and, on the EndeavourOS download page (or even somewhere on the Live Disc), prospective users should be made aware of the necessity of ‘wiping’ all previous partitions. This assumes that the user wishes to use the whole disc for EndeavourOS and had some previous system installed on their computer.
I tried doing one of the installations without running GParted just to see what would happen and, of course, as with Antergos, the installation failed. (The previous system was in fact Antergos.) After I used GParted and ‘wiped’ the disc, the installation went perfectly and speedily.
I do not know what those who wish to dual-boot need to do; that is something that should be discussed further by people who are knowledgeable about it.
Another suggestion I must make is that the ‘Tap-to-Click’ option (for notebook trackpads) should be activated by default. Not having this work by default might be a deal-breaker for some people who are unaware of how to activate it. At the very least it might be confusing. (Most distros, in my experience, do have the ‘Tap-to-Click’ option activated on their installation disc.) As this option, when activated on the Live Disc, does not follow to the final installation, it should be made standard all the way.
I am happy to see that a minimal number of programs are installed onto the hard drive once the installation is complete but there are three which I believe should be made standard: pamac (preferably pamac-aur), xorg-xkill, and BleachBit.
Pamac (or Octopi for those who like that) is the easiest way I know of to find new programs that you may want to install. (I only rarely install via Pamac however; I just get the actual name of the program and then install via yay.) But, especially for new Linux users, something like this is essential for finding and installing programs that an individual user may want or need.
The xkill command, though probably not often used, is essential in certain circumstances. I myself do use it from time to time.
BleachBit is, for me, also an essential program (governments and websites may not like this program but that’s too bad for them!). (I have found only one GNU/Linux distribution that makes BleachBit standard - SparkyLinux, though there may be others - and I cannot understand why more distros do not.)
All of the above is MY opinion(s) only and I want to congratulate the developers on producing this excellent GNU/Linux operating system.
I also want to compliment the developers on the Calamares installer. Again, in my opinion, it is just great! As I use exclusively the Xfce Desktop Environment (I have been using it for the last four or five years), I am satisfied with the way the installed system currently is. I can appreciate, however, that many people would rather use a different DE and I hope that the installer can be updated to accommodate those people.
My wife and I currently have six (6) computers in active use running Antergos. (Four of them are new model ZaReaons, one is an Alienware AW-17R3, and the last one is an Asus Rogstrix.) (An additional new ZaReason MediaBox runs Manjaro; I plan to leave that one alone as it is working fine and serves well for the purposes for which I use it.) Over the next few weeks, I plan to change all of the Antergos computers to EndeavourOS. (I’ll have to do this slowly as I want to configure the computers to work and, most importantly, to look exactly as they do now with Antergos [along with its other advantages, this is very easy to do with the Xfce DE]; among other things, my wife does not like ‘change.’)
I hope that EndeavourOS achieves the success and popularity it deserves.
Thank you to everyone who has read this and I’d be interested in hearing what others think of my suggestions, pro or con.
Again I congratulate the developers for a job very well done!
P.S. There is one other thing I should mention though most users already know about it: the option to Autologin (offered in the installer) does not work. While that is not truly important, it ought to be fixed or, if it cannot be fixed, it should be removed as an option. That’s what I think anyway.