Endless OS 3.9 comes with Kernel 5.8, Gnome 3.38 and more

The new version of Endless OS 3.9 has already been released and is available to the general public. This new version comes with the Gnome 3.38 desktop environment update, plus the team mentions that The Endless desktop team has focused on bringing the features originally developed in Endless OS back to GNOME. Since for example, features like moving desktop icons have been transferred in drag and drop mode and apply parental controls for installed apps.

For those unaware of this distribution Linux, they should know that is intended to create an easy to use system where you can quickly find applications to your liking. The applications are distributed as separate packages in Flatpak format.

The distribution does not use traditional package managers, instead of which offers a minimally upgradeable base system atomically it works in read-only mode and is formed using OSTree tools (the system image is atomically updated from a Git-like storage).

Fedora developers have recently been trying to replicate ideas identical to Endless OS as part of the Silverblue project to create an atomically updated version of Fedora Workstation.

Endless OS is one of the distributions that promote innovation among Linux systems customized. The work environment in Endless OS is based on the GNOME fork significantly redesigned.

Top New in Endless OS 3.9

In this new edition of Endless OS 3.9, desktop and distribution components (mutter, gnome-settings-daemon, nautilus, etc.) have been updated to the latest version of GNOME 3.38.

In addition to the desktop environment, various system components have also been updated, such as the Linux kernel that updated to version 5.8, systemd 246, dracut 050, Xorg 1.20.8, Mesa 20.1.1, NVIDIA 450.66, Flatpak 1.8.2.

The implementation of the learning environment of Hack, which is now enabled by default and does not require a separate activation.

Added ability to collect metrics about working with the system (parents are supposed to be able to monitor their children's activity on the system) on computers that have no network connection.

If statistics were previously collected with data transfer to a centralized server, now it is possible to save the monitoring dataor on an external USB drive and load them from another system.

Of the other changes that stand out:

  • The application list now always shows all installed programs, not just those added to the desktop.
  • Instead of the built-in Totem video player, a Flatpak package installed from the Flathub directory is used.
  • On Chrome and Chromium, the default "Navigation Center" page no longer applies.
  • The self-created feature of adding links to the desktop has also been removed, instead using the linked shortcuts that are standard supported in Chrome and Chromium.
  • Shortcuts for quick installation of popular programs have been removed, instead of which you should now use the corresponding section in the App Center.
  • Splash screen removed displayed when loading applications.
    Made sure the X.org Server ran as a non-privileged user, without granting root privileges.

Finally, if you want to know more about it about this new version of the distribution, you can check the details in the following link.

Download and try Endless OS 3.9

For those who are interested in being able to download this new version of the distribution, install it or test it in a virtual machine You can go directly to the official website of the project where you can find the system image in its download section.
The link is this.

The size of The iso image of the Lite version is 2.6 GB so a 4GB USB is enough.

While for The ISO image of the Full version in Spanish is 16 GB and for this you will require a 32GB USB.

You can save the image with the help of Etcher on a USB.

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