Beta Release | Endless OS 3.7.4~beta1

The first beta of Endless OS 3.7.4 is now out. Please follow these instructions if you want to join the beta testing program; bear in mind that the chance of encountering serious bugs is higher than in a regular stable release. As always, ensure your data is backed up!

GNOME 3.34 updates

In this release the GNOME Shell (i.e. the Desktop) and Evolution (the email client) were also updated to the versions from GNOME 3.34, bringing the latest features, improvements and bug fixes.

The desktop received many optimizations in different areas, which includes reducing the amount of data that programs have to send to the monitor, doing a lot less calculations, better algorithms to update the screen more efficiently, and even an improved animation framework. This should result in smoother animations, longer battery life, and a more fluid experience overall. These improvements also settle important cornerstones for future enhancements and optimizations.

This version also ships with a cool new default background, which will keep your desktop looking fresh and sleek.

Updated desktop with new default background

Updated hardware support

A number of hardware-specific issues have been resolved. Notably, audio output is now expected to work on machines using the Conexant CX2072X codec, shipped with a few Intel Atom Bay Trail and Cherry Trail CPUs, and headset jack detection has been fixed on Asus MJ401TA systems. Additionally, on some machines with NVIDIA discrete GPUs, a white tint would appear on the desktop background after resuming from suspend, and this is no longer the case on the systems where this was previously reported.

Finally, thermald is now being shipped as part of the OS, bringing better thermal management and improved performance on some machines.

Other Improvements and Changes

  • Flatpak was updated to keep compatibility with latest features and bug fixes.
  • Improved App Center Stability. The App Center has gained a series of updates this version, bringing more stability in general.
  • USB app updates work more reliably. Supported applications can be copied to a USB drive using the “Copy to USB” button in the App Center, and inserting such a drive causes the App Center to open showing the apps available on the drive (this functionality was broken for a few releases).

Known Issues

  • Progress bar for app installs in the App Center is not accurate.
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