The first beta of Endless OS 3.8.0 is now out. Please follow these instructions if you want to join the beta testing program; bear in mind that the chance of encountering bugs is higher than in a regular stable release. As always, please ensure your data is backed up!
Note that this update is available for Intel and Raspberry Pi 4 users only, updates for ARM/Mini users are currently not available and will be re-enabled in future releases.
In this release the desktop and most of its components were updated to the versions from GNOME 3.36, bringing new features, performance improvements and bug fixes.
The improved lock screen, including a new password-peeking functionality
The user menu options have been slightly reorganized, including a visible suspend option to make it easier to suspend your computer
The Settings app was also improved in several places, making it easier to navigate
On new installations, parental controls can now be enabled when you first start the computer, at the same time as creating the main user account.
Once configured, there is now a dedicated Parental Controls application to make it easier to find and adjust the parental controls settings.
Updated hardware support
We have updated our low-level software platform, which should improve stability and hardware compatibility.
- Linux kernel 5.4, bringing support for the latest PC hardware and several fixes to existing drivers and core kernel code, including security fixes;
- NVIDIA driver 440.64, adding support for new NVIDIA graphics cards;
- GRUB 2.04, making us closer to upstream and in turn more stable and secure, due to shipping a more widespread codebase;
- Low-level userspace components were updated, bringing in new features and bug-fixes: systemd 244, PulseAudio 13, Mesa 19.3.3, among others.
In addition, a number of hardware support bugs were fixed for this release, improving the and expanding the hardware compatibility of Endless OS. We are also collaborating with Linux developers to improve our Raspberry Pi 4 edition, currently released in preview form.
Other Improvements and Changes
- Updated Chromium. We’ve updated to Chromium 80.0.3987.163 bringing new security fixes to Endless’ built-in web browser.
Enabling the “zoom” accessibility feature, either on the login screen or while using the desktop, crashes the graphical interface. If you currently have this feature enabled, disable it before updating to this beta release.
If your desktop or login screen are crashing due to this bug, follow these steps to disable the feature:
Press Ctrl+Alt+F2 to open a text mode session
Enter your username, and hit Enter
Enter your password, if you have one, and hit Enter
Type each of the following commands, and press Enter after each one
gsettings reset org.gnome.desktop.a11y.applications screen-magnifier-enabled
sudo -u Debian-gdm -s /bin/sh -c ‘dbus-launch gsettings reset org.gnome.desktop.a11y.applications screen-magnifier-enabled’
Press Ctrl+Alt+F1 to return to graphical mode