Arch-Based EndeavourOS 21.4 Released With FSTRIM, Btrfs Zstd, PipeWire By Default
EndeavourOS 21.4 "Atlantis" was released today as the newest version of their Arch-based operating system. Among the key package versions for EndeavourOS at this time are the Linux 5.15.5 LTS kernel, Mesa 21.2.5 open-source graphics drivers, Mozilla Firefox 94 as the default web browser, and plenty of other package updates.
Among the changes to find with EndeavourOS 21.4 include:
- Sanity checking for the NVIDIA driver and Linux kernel updates to help avoid compatibility issues and ensuring everything will jive accordingly for those using the proprietary NVIDIA driver stack.
- Expanding the capabilities of EndeavourOS' information utilities with additional details and more. There is also a new schedule configuration window for the EndeavourOS update notifier.
- The systemd FSTRIM timer for running TRIM/DISCARD for supported devices on a routine basis is now enabled by default.
- The Calamares installer if opting for using the Btrfs file-system will now use Zstd transparent file-system compression on both SSDs and HDDs.
- PipeWire is now enabled by default for audio/video stream management.
Looking ahead, they are looking at adding more desktop environment options like LXDE and UKUI along with restoring the Deepin desktop. A "ready to go edition" of EndeavourOS focused on gaming is also being explored.
More details on the new EndeavourOS 21.4 "Atlantis" release via EndeavourOS.com. For those looking at a easy-to-use, practical out-of-the-box alternative to Arch Linux itself, like with Manjaro the EndeavourOS project is another worth trying out.