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In the news: EndeavorOS 21.4 Has Arrived; NixOS 21.11 Now Available for Download; KDE Plasma Developers Introduce a Gnome-Like Overview; Rocky Linux 8.5 Now Available with Secure Boot Support; CronRAT Malware Targets Linux Servers; AlmaLinux OS 8.5 Now Available

EndeavorOS 21.4 Has Arrived

If you prefer your Linux to be of the Arch-type, but don't want to go through the challenges inherent in installing the full-blown Arch Linux, you have options. One such option is EndeavorOS. Endeavor OS calls itself "terminal-centric." That doesn't mean you'll be spending all of your time within the terminal. In fact, I'd say that Endeavor OS labeling itself as such is a bit misleading. I've worked with the OS and found it quite easy to use.

But what does the new "Atlantis" version of EndeavorOS have to offer? First and foremost, it ships with kernel 5.15, which is bleeding edge. One very important feature found in this kernel is the newly written NTFS3 driver, which vastly improves how Linux can interact with NTFS filesystems.

Other improvements include a new sanity check for NVidia and kernel updates, improvements to the Welcome app, and the ability to easily delete the cache of uninstalled packages. In addition, the Calamares installer can read output from pacman actions, randomize EFI path naming, install Xfce and i3 at the same time, enable NVidia DRM mode setting by default. Also, Btrfs now uses zstd for installation on both SSDs and HDDs, PipeWire is now enabled by default, and Legacy/BIOS boot uses a fixed label name so it's now compatible with older BIOS systems.

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