Endless Aims To Help Linux Reach To Endless People

Endless OS Computers

A Linux-based operating system, is probably the best thing that you can put on your machine. I can list out reasons why Linux is better than Windows. That, however, does not mean Linux does not come without any woes. Hardware support remains the main hurdle for desktop Linux growth, especially the graphics card and printer support.

Awesome people like the ones who created the Nouveau drivers have tackled this problem in a way that deserves huge respect. Their approach involved studying the drivers available for platforms like windows and then reverse engineering and creating working drivers for Linux. They have made sure Linux delivers a quality performance on a wide range of hardware.

But then, there are people who approach this issue in a completely opposite way. Why not make our own hardware?

Major operating systems like Linux Mint have partnered with manufacturers to have their own preloaded computers. This way users never have to encounter any sort of driver issue while also ensuring that the operating system is utilizing maximum capabilities of the underlying machine. I mean, the complexity of designing generic software for diverse hardware becomes null as you are designing software for target machines. Cooking the software for targeted hardware simplifies a lot of things for both the developers as well as users.

Endless OS

Endless OS Linux interface

While a lot of Linux operating systems target a particular set of people, like Windows users, Mac users, Coders, Gamers (I love you Steam ), there came Endless OS which directly targeted just about anybody with a PC. Home users, office computers, students, businesses, just everything where a PC is used.

Well, Endless is stupidly simpler. It comes with a huge number of pre-installed applications from a wide genre, reducing the installation hassle for a home user. Contrary to popular cliche that Linux is for advanced users, Endless OS is downright usable even by a child. The effort they have put in to make Endless OS usable is unquestionable. Endless OS is definitely worth a try.

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The mission of Endless team is to enable more and more people access to computers. There focus is on emerging market such as Africa, South America etc.

Endless Computers

Endless have been making compact computers from a time. Their Endless Mini and Endless One computers have made noise enough for them to bring out premium PCs this time. All without putting a hole in your purse. Endless have released two new computers in the US. These computers come with the following specs and price tags.

Endless Mission Mini specifications

Endless Mission Mini

  • 64GB
  • Quad Core CPU up to 1.50 GHz
  • 2GB RAM
  • 64 GB Solid State Storage
  • HDMI / RCA Video
  • 3x USB 2.0
  • Audio 3.5mm in / out
  • Ethernet / WiFi / Bluetooth
  • Ships with Endless OS®
  • Priced at $129

 

Endless Mission One specifications

Endless Mission One Linux computers

  • Intel® Celeron® N2807
  • Dual Core CPU up to 2.17 GHz
  • 2GB RAM
  • 500 GB Hard Drive Storage
  • HDMI & VGA
  • 1x USB 3.0
  • 2x USB 2.0
  • Gigabit LAN
  • Audio 3.5mm in / out
  • Ethernet / WiFi / Bluetooth
  • Ships with Endless OS®
  • This better machine is Priced at $249

You can check out and buy these Endless machines here.

Wrapping up

Although I did feel that the Endless Mission One will be a pricey deal considering the price tag excludes the costs of a monitor, keyboard and other peripherals, I’m pretty sure it’ll be a great computing experience. And, the wooden casing is gorgeous too. Endless computers running their homegrown distro have been a pleasure to use so far. And things are only going to get better with the new Endless Mission PCs.

So what’s your take on these premium compact boxes? Pricey or worth it? Do share your thoughts and do not forget to share.

Comments

  1. Hello Robert, thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. Well, your comment was rather confusing I must say, as you do not agree with me on the hardware issue but you yourself said “The only issues you run into today is perhaps with printers and WIFI cards” and “When it comes to printers and scanners it is trickier and requires more work researching a particular model before you make a purchase”.

    Anyhoo, to your main question. I live in a planet where Linux Torvalds gives Nvidia the middle finger. https://www.wired.com/2012/06/torvalds-nvidia-linux/

    See, “it just works” is not enough. And about Nvidia drivers, they just work. But development of Nvidia drivers by Nvidia is painfully slow when compared to Windows.

  2. Hello, I was rather taken back by a comment you made at the beginning of your article. “that, however, does not mean Linux does not come without any woes. Hardware support remains the main hurdle for desktop Linux growth, especially the graphics card and printer support.” Well I have no idea what planet you have been living on but when if comes to laptops and desktops I would say that Linux is as compatible with the hardware used as Windows 10 is and in some cases more so. Linux is the only choice if you want to use an older computer because there is not even basic mother board chip set drivers for Windows 10 and Linux will for the most part just work out of the box. With respect to graphics drivers unless you are an open source snob then the only one you may have problems with might be the AMD/ATI GPUs. The vast majority of laptops rely on the embedded graphics hardware on Intel CPUs and Intel offers open source drivers for them. I have been building my own desktop gaming/workstations since 2001 and have always dual booted between Windows and Linux. I always picked Nvidia GPUs because Nvidia has always supplied very good drivers for Linux. When it comes to my computers I am a pragmatist, I just want my stuff to work and could care less if the driver is open source of not! The only issues you run into today is perhaps with printers and WIFI cards. However if you choose the correct WIFI chip set (Intel is a great one) they will just work out of the box. When it comes to printers and scanners it is trickier and requires more work researching a particular model before you make a purchase. If you find a printer that you really do want to buy but find out that there is no support for it on Linux you may have a relatively inexpensive solution. If you own a printer made by Canon, Epson, or HP there is a German company that began making printer drivers for the old Commodore Amiga computers that has a set of drivers called TurboPrint. http://www.turboprint.info/ Currently it only costs $34 US.
    With respect to the comments you made about the growth of Linux, if you are referring to commercial systems for purchase say from Dell, HP, Acer etc then the hardware has very little to do with the lack of interest. The main problems with Linux being adopted commercially has to do with the following issues; no provision for DRM, there is no unified package management system.. After all the years that Linux has been around the main distros just cannot seem to get together and come up with one way to install software on Linux. You pick a distro or at least I do, based on what package management system they use and what they pick as the default desktop environment. At the moment there are 3 that are the most widely used, the oldest distro Slackware has their own (I admit that I do not know how to use it as I have never used Slackware), the second oldest Distro Debian and their .deb packages and Red Hat with their .rpm packages. The vast majority of newer distros are based on one of these 3 original distros. There are a handful that are uniquely original, one of them being Gentoo which uses Portage and every package is compiled for your system from source code. It is due to all of these complexities that causes most companies to shy away from selling Linux based computers but at the top of the list has got to be the DRM issues.

    • Well said, Robert. Most of the “critics” about Linux are coming from Windows users that are totally sold on the Microsoft way and are lazy enough to invest any time and effort that might open their eyes. Cheers!

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