Endless OS 3.7.4 was released today (18th November 2019).
This release of Endless OS adds a destination for kids to learn how to code. With this app, kids have the tools available to develop creative problem-solving skills and build confidence in a fun and safe environment.
The 5 Hack characters will walk you through the various pathways: Games, Art, Web, Maker and Operating System.
You can dive into the world of Hack using the pinned app icon on your desktop.
(Hack is not currently supported on ARM-based devices like Endless Mini.)
GNOME 3.34 updates
In this release, GNOME Shell (the desktop, taskbar and window manager) 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 new default background, showing the Sahara desert photographed from the International Space Station.
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
- Updated Chromium. We’ve updated to Chromium 78.0.3904.97 to bring the latest security fixes to Endless’ built-in web browser.
- Updated the Exploration Center extension for Chromium and Chrome. The extension was updated in this release to fix an issue with high CPU usage.
- Flatpak was updated to keep compatibility with latest features and bug fixes.
- Improved App Center stability and startup performance. The App Center has gained a series of updates this version, bringing more stability in general as well as an improved startup performance. Some users have also reported that the App Center stopped showing applications after upgrading to Endless OS 3.7.0 - this should also be fixed in this version.
- 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). Note that there is still an issue that prevents USB updates (although app installs should work) from working without an internet connection.
- ISO-based live USB sticks now support data persistency. Live USB sticks created by writing an ISO image directly to a USB flash drive now support data persistency, meaning that documents created by the user and new app installations will still be available after a reboot. This does not apply to USB sticks created with the Endless Installer for Windows.
Netflix supported in Chromium. Endless OS 3.7.0 introduced a problem which prevented Netflix from working in the built-in web browser. This is resolved in this version, but the fix may not be applied immediately. If you still have problems after upgrading to Endless OS 3.7.4, follow these steps:
- Open Terminal
- Copy the following command, paste it into the terminal, and press Enter:
pkexec rm -f /var/lib/chromium-plugins-extra/eos-chrome-plugin-updater/Widevine_VERSION.txt
- Reboot your computer
- Progress bar for app installs in the App Center is not accurate. When installing applications, the progress bar stays at 0% until the app is fully installed in most cases. A fix is being developed for a future release.
- App Center shows “Pending installation…” after an app is installed. In some circumstances, after installing an app in the App Center, the app’s status is shown as “Pending installation…” even once installation is complete. The workaround is to close and reopen the app center.
- Desktop crashes when logging out. In some circumstances, choosing Log Out from the user menu causes the desktop to crash, or to restart as the same user. The workaround is to restart the computer.