What does Endevour do more than Arch?

I’m about to reinstall my system after sticking with Endevour (and enjoying it very much!) and I was wondering what this distro does on top of arch.
The first things that come to my mind (Except the fact that even with an installer, Endevour is so much less a pain to install than vanilla Arch) is that nvidia drivers, as far as I understood, are easier to install and that there is a “Welcome” application that makes some commands easier/provides tips.
I’m wondering if it there is more than that I never got to discover.

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What you summed up is basically it. Our goal is to be as close to Arch with some small apps to guide you on your way.


I guess I have to ask, what more do you really want?

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Thought there was some other thing I didn’t know about to do thinks like remove stray packages, unless cache, fix key errors and such.

For cleaning the cache I believe there is in the welcome app. I don’t know what “fixing errors” means though, but generally system maintenance is up to you.

Frogs and turkeys.


Yes, welcome app provides some useful stuff like

  • package cache helper (Package cleanup configuration)
  • updater that updates keyring packages before other packages (Update System)
  • mirror updating (Update Mirrors)
  • config file update handling (Pacdiff & meld)
  • browsing Arch and AUR packages
  • installing of certain popular apps

to mention a few.


There are some tools provided by the team that are really cool:

  1. reflector-simple: gui for updating mirrors
  2. akm: gui for switching kernels
  3. eos-pacdiff: Cli tool for dealing with pacnew and pacsave files
  4. eos-update-notifier: notifies about package updates. Additionally can notify arch-news if configured
  5. pahis: cli tool to quickly look at Pacman history

But the best part of the distro is the :enos: community itself and that’s what makes it special.

People keep forgetting about ninjas :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


I second that! :+1:


EOS also comes with the yay AUR helper pre installed, instead of having to git clone and compile one. That’s a very big one for me.

That’s actually one of the things I really wish we didn’t have, and even if that was the only package anyone ever built, at least they kind of knew what yay is doing. It would firmly set us as an intermediate distro. Oh well, maybe that’s my calling someday.

I had this idea yesterday. What if yay had vimtutor like tutorial the first time someone uses it? It would go through the process so that users know what’s happening. They can run it again if they wish so

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Honestly, and this is a place i disagree with the Arch guys with, i think a helper like yay is better for AUR operations than their procedure. Yay (and some others) can show you the PKGBUILD as part of the process. In fact, i wouldn’t be opposed to that being the default or even mandatory. The Arch procedure says to always look at that file, but come on, I’m sure lots of people skip that step, especially for AUR packages we know well. Might not be right or proper but I’m sure plenty of us do it. The step can be imposed with a correctly configured helper (and if the user turns that off it’s on the user).

Maybe Pacseek is the “right” answer.

Apart from some cool tools…
More purple.
More friendly.
More stupid joke threads.
More clever people who won’t tell you to RTFM.
An incredibly friendly ‘Welcome’ app :wink:

What more can you want from life?


Until something doesn’t work, and then you have no idea how to fix it.

The AUR isn’t a software repository, it’s a recipe library. You need to know how to cook to be able to use it effectively.


I agree that the community is the best out there bar none. It’s friendly, active, and helpful (and fun too!).

IMHO EOS fulfills its mission of staying as close to Arch as possible and it’s packaging (what a distro is really all about) is about perfect. You get an Arch system but don’t have to spend your time installing every extremely basic thing as the basics are all there.

I’ve probably installed most distros you’ve heard of without scrolling to the very bottom of Distrowatch, and if you just want a good arch install that’s complete in basics, yet without a lot of crap, EOS is it.

It’s not my favorite color but none the less, long live the purple!

Everything! It is almost vanilla Arch made simple. A place to start. Somewhere to grow. You get more Linux! :wink:


I’d add eos-shifttime to that list. I found it very useful the one time I needed it.

I like yay being right there. I already made the choice to trust some specific stuff and just want to be up and running as fast and painlessly as possible whenever I want to set up a new VM or have limited time with a system, live or not, and something to do.

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In your OP, you summarized all what I know of!
And I was replying mainly to say this :point_down:

And of course :point_down:

I have been distrohoping for almost a year tried almost everything.
I have RTFMs many times for the same single issue, normally when I RTFM and go back ask about something I couldn’t understand (I am not a techie), they tell me again “we told you RTFM… how many times should we tell you! Now, to solve your issue go RTFM”

My experience with another distro (in their forum) is something that should be in the jokes thread. I don’t know if I am allowed to post a conversation between me and them there!

But here, I feel at home, with friends and family, though as an absolute newbie, and causing them a lot of headache, they are very patient and tolerant.

They help no matter what. As if they are helping a brother or a cousin or a grade 3 son (though I am +60 y/o :rofl:)

I have never enjoyed as I enjoyed here.
Enjoy the community first of all.


Not your favorite? Oh come on, all sorts of FANTASTIC stuff is purple! Grapes, Ube, Taro…purple people eaters…Purple Rain…trying to avoid that damn dinosaur, help me out here. :rofl:

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