EndeavourOS Cassini takes off with Linux 6.0 and support for PineBook Pro, among other news

EndeavourOS Cassini

The Christmas gifts are starting to arrive. The release of Linux Mint 21.1 will be made official soon, but what there is already available is a new version of Endeavor. Among its novelties, it can be highlighted that it uses the penultimate kernel, although, in the case of a Rolling Release distribution, it will soon be possible to upload to the latest version. It must be remembered that the new images are for installations from scratch, and that all its novelties have already reached existing users.

This new version of EndeavourOS bears the code name of Cassini, and its developers say that, in the same way that NASA «had its fair share of nail-biting moments, this version had some nail-biting tests because getting this far required a major overhaul in the way we built our ISO«.

What's new in EndeavourOS Cassini

  • Linux 6.0.12.arch1-1.
  • Squid 3.3.0-alpha3.
  • Firefox 108.0.1-1.
  • Table 22.3.1-1.
  • Xorg-Server 21.1.5-1.
  • nvidia-dkms 525.60.11-1.
  • Grub 2:2.06.r403.g7259d55ff-q.
  • On x86_x64 architecture:
    • Added a selection of boot loaders, as well as the ability to not install a boot loader (systemd-boot is selected by default).
    • Switched to dracut from mkinitcpio.
    • Added an entry for Windows when using grub or systemd-boot and Windows is installed.
    • You can now choose to create a new EFI partition instead of reusing the existing one when using "Replace partition" or "Install next to".
    • The Grub submenu feature is now enabled by default (only the default entry is visible; additional entries are inside a submenu).
    • Default wallpaper/background is now set in configuration packs instead of welcome.
    • KDE/Plasma: Replaced the Discover icon with a Konsole icon.
    • Cinnamon: Replaced adwaita icons with Qogir.
    • GNOME: now uses GNOME Console and text editor instead of gedit and gnome-terminal, wallpaper follows the same day and night theme as Console (it's set to dark only by default).
    • Budgie: It is configured with the Qogir Icons theme and arc GTK and uses Nemo instead of Nautilus (for consistent theming, Nautilus cannot get Budgie theming).
    • Lots of cleaning work for Calamares.
    • Reorganized and cleaned up the netinstall packages.
  • ARM architecture:
    • EndeavourOS ARM now supports Pinebook Pro.
    • New linux-eos-arm kernel with amdgpu introduced for more generic support of ARM devices including pinebook pro.
    • linux-eos-arm comes with the amdgpu module precompiled to support devices like the Phytiuim D2000.
    • Raspberry Pi Imager/dd compatible images available for download. Improves ARM accessibility i.e. users of any operating system can flash eos-arm to ARM board.
    • Improved headless server script.
    • Odroid N2+: vulkan-panfrost and vulkan-mesa-layers installed to reduce artifacts in plasma x11 sessions and improve overall graphics performance and stability.

This ISO has arrived three months after Artemis Nova, and it can be downloaded from this link. As we have explained, existing users who have upgraded frequently will already have all the packages in their operating system.

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