I recently obtained an Endless Mini computer. It’s an ARM-based ball-like looking mini computer which hasn’t been updated for 3 years (see the attached
Unfortunately I didn’t manage to update any part of the system because the repos are not available and if I use newer repos (manually added), it’s full of errors (version issues, dependencies issues - mostly due to changed names, GPG issues I couldn’t overcome as old keys are gone and/or expired, etc.) and nothing gets installed.
I discovered, that the Endless OS version installed uses one of the very first releases of
flatpak which didn’t offer any modern capabilities useful for emergency cases like this one. And because everything is Flatpak, I can’t even update the underlying system using standard Debian tools and then switch back to using Flatpak.
After about 16 hours of trying (incl. special upgrade scripts Endless created - see https://github.com/endlessm/eos-customer-support ) I gave up and decided to install Endless OS from scratch. To my greatest surprise, there are only x86(-64) images available, but no ARM images as it seems Endless Mini is the only non-x86 computer Endless ever made. I didn’t find any notice about discontinued support for Endless Mini though in any of the tens of announcements of releases of Endless OS since 2016. So what is this for a fishy game?
So I’m here to ask for help. At best just download link with an ARM image for Endless Mini and short instructions how to install it (surprisingly I couldn’t find any disassembly info nor any technical boot information about Endless Mini).
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