Release | Endless OS 3.9.2

Endless OS 3.9.2 was released for existing users today, January 25th, 2021.

Downloadable images for new users will be available in the next few days.

Chromium as a Flatpak app

Previously, the Chromium browser was built into Endless OS, and was labelled as Internet. Now, Endless OS comes with Chromium from Flathub, so it can be updated separately to the OS, or uninstalled if you prefer a different browser. It has a slightly different icon and is labelled Chromium.

  • Upgrading to 3.9.2 will automatically install the new version of Chromium and update your settings to use it, though you may need to log into your Google account again.
  • On first-login after upgrading your existing (if any) Chromium desktop shortcuts (accessible via chrome://apps) will be migrated automatically but to use the updated ones you will need to log out and log in again from your user session.
  • The new Chromium will fetch the Widevine plugin on first launch. This is required to play DRM-protected videos, such as Netflix. You may need to restart the browser before accessing services requiring it. The plugin installation can be verified via chrome://components.

Updated hardware support

One audio-related issue has been fixed on the ASUS TP420IA.

We are releasing support in preview mode for three new ARM64 systems: Pinebook Pro, Khadas VIM2 and AML-S905X-CC (Le Potato). Being a preview release, expect a few known issues (detailed on each respective link), but most of the functionality is working as expected, and the performance is good for the hardware capabilities. And we will keep integrating any new upstream for these platforms into our next releases, so stay tuned!

We now have public documentation for our Offline Metrics Collection feature! We also solved a couple of small issues in the programs creating a collector USB and performing the metrics collection on offline machines, so if you want to try out this feature, we recommend updating to Endless OS 3.9.2 before creating the collector USB.

Other Improvements and Changes

  • Keyboard, mouse and touchpad settings are now preserved if the device is unplugged and plugged back in while the computer is running.
  • Most of the GNOME stack was updated to the latest version from GNOME 3.38, bringing new fixes and improvements.
  • Flatpak was updated to include a fix for a recently-found security vulnerability as well as some other small bug fixes.
  • Other general bug fixes and improvements.
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After updating Endless, Chromium stops synchronizing my account when I’m closing the browser. How can I solve this?

Before updating Endless, Facebook and YouTube used to be automated apps. But now it is being opened through chromium. What is the solution?

This seems to be an intermittent issue with the Flatpak version of Chromium:

In any case, unfortunately Google will be removing access to Chrome Sync from all versions of Chromium, including this one, on March 15th. This is outside our control. Chrome is still available in the App Center and sync will continue to work there.

This is an intentional change as part of the move to a Flatpak version of Chromium. You can add shortcuts which open in their own windows by clicking ⋮→ More tools → Create a shortcut and ticking “Open in a window” in the resulting dialog:

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