Endless Computer Makes Their GNOME-Focused Linux OS Available To Everyone
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 2 June 2016 at 03:02 PM EDT. 4 Comments
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Over the past year or two you've likely heard of Endless Computers for their work on building a $79 PC for the "offline world" as a Linux PC for developing countries. Or you may have also heard of Endless Computers due to their upstream contributions to GNOME, since their "Endless OS" is based upon the GNOME desktop environment. Up to now their Linux distribution has just been available for their low-cost PCs, but now they are making it available for free.

Endless Computers announced today that their Endless OS is now publicly available for free. Their press release mentions, "Endless OS is now available free of charge for anyone to download and use. Developed from the ground up to work seamlessly with expensive and restrictive data and Internet conditions in emerging markets, Endless OS delivers easy and reliable access to useful information and educational content, with or without an internet connection. The Endless OS was created after three years of research and was developed from the ground up so that it’s useful for people in emerging countries: from the way that software updates, to performance both on and offline, to the way apps are installed and managed, and to the creation of the apps themselves. By making the Endless OS available for free download, everyone can access the Endless app ecosystem of 100s of preinstalled apps for health, education, business and entertainment including an office suite, Wikipedia, Khan Academy, curricula, and educational games on most computers, with or without internet access."

Endless OS is offered in both "lite" and "full" versions, with the full version being a 16GB download that includes "100s of preinstalled apps for health, education, business and entertainment including an office suite, Wikipedia, Khan Academy, curricula, and educational games, training in micro-entrepreneurship and more." This full version of the OS is recommended for people with no Internet or very limited connections while the lite version is more like a classic Linux desktop with GNOME.

Those wanting to learn more or give Endless OS a shot, visit the company's site at EndlessM.com.
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