Endless Computer

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Endless Mobile, Inc.
Private
Industry
Founded 2011; 7 years ago (2011), in San Francisco, California, U.S.
Headquarters San Francisco, California, U.S.
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Matt Dalio (CEO)[1]

Marcelo Sampaio (CGO)
Richard Vignais (CDO)
Jonathan Blandford (VP, Engineering)

Products
• Endless OS[2]

• Endless Mini[3]
• Endless One[4]
• Endless Mission[5]

Website endlessos.com

Endless Mobile, Inc. develops the Linux-based operating system Endless OS and reference platform hardware for it.[6] The company was founded in 2011 and is based in San Francisco, California with an additional office in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[7]

History[edit]

Endless was founded in May 2012 in San Francisco, California by Matthew Dalio and Marcelo Sampaio. In the first three years, the company focused on designing through field research in Rocinha, the largest favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and also in Guatemala.

In April 2015, the company was launched for the general public through a campaign on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. It raised $176,538 with 1,041 backers in less than 30 days.[8]

On November 2015, Endless started to sell computers at Claro stores in Guatemala. Before that, the product was being sold in own Kiosks. January 2016 marked the launch of Endless Mini, a white spherical PC the size of a grapefruit, costing $79 and $99.[9]

Product[edit]

Endless Computer

Hardware[edit]

According to the specifications found in their store[10] there will be several models based either on an Intel Celeron N2807 processors (Mission and Endless) or on a quad-core AMLogic S805 Cortex A5 ARM processor (Mission Mini and Endless Mini).

Software[edit]

Endless OS is a Debian based Linux derivate.[11] [12][13][14] It is built on top of the Linux kernel and other open source technologies (Chromium, GNOME, GRUB, GTK, PulseAudio, Rufus, Systemd, XOrg, Yelp, and many more). Unlike most Linux distributions, it uses a read-only root filesystem managed by OSTree and Flatpak for application delivery and update.[15] The user interface is based on a highly modified GNOME desktop environment. Endless Computers publish their FOSS components and forks on GitHub.[16] They claim that they submit all their patches upstream.
The first public release was Endless OS 2.1.0 in July, 2014.[17] Mid of December, 2017 Endless OS 3.3.6 was released.[18] Last version of Endless OS is 3.4.0, which was released on 15 May 2018.[19][20]

Reception[edit]

Endless Mini was awarded CES Editors' Choice at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to Reviewed.com.

Endless Mini was selected by TechSpot as one of the best devices showcased at the 2016 Mobile World Congress.

Advantage and disadvantages[edit]

PCWorld said that the Endless Computer can be useful for areas with limited internet access since it comes preinstalled with a lot of useful software and content, but for users who have easy access to the internet, there are alternatives that are significantly more powerful or significantly cheaper.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Us | Endless Computers". Endlessos.com. Retrieved 2017-06-07. 
  2. ^ "Home | Endless Computers". Endlessos.com. Retrieved 2017-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Our Computers | Endless Computers". Endlessos.com. Retrieved 2017-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Our Computers | Endless Computers". Endlessos.com. Retrieved 2017-06-07. 
  5. ^ "Our Computers | Endless Computers". Endlessos.com. Retrieved 2017-06-07. 
  6. ^ "About Us | Endless Computers". Endlessos.com. Retrieved 2017-06-07. 
  7. ^ "Company Overview of Endless Mobile, Inc". www.bloomberg.com. www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "Endless Computers by Endless Team". Kickstarter. Retrieved September 14, 2016. 
  9. ^ Ackerman, Dan. "Endless Mini review". CNET. Retrieved 2017-06-07. 
  10. ^ "Endless Store". Retrieved 4 January 2018. 
  11. ^ "Easy-to-use Linux Distro "Endless OS" Now Available For Free To Everyone". fossbytes.com. fossbytes.com. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  12. ^ Wallen, Jack (28 April 2017). "Endless OS: A Unique Take on Linux That's Perfect for New Users". Linux Foundation. Retrieved 25 Jan 2018. 
  13. ^ DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 688, 21 November 2016
  14. ^ Endless OS Helps Tear Down Linux Wall | Reviews | LinuxInsider
  15. ^ "Endless OS". DistroWatch.com. 2016-11-03. Retrieved 2017-06-07. 
  16. ^ "Endless Repositories". Retrieved 4 January 2018. 
  17. ^ "Endless OS Release History". Retrieved 5 January 2018. 
  18. ^ "Endless OS 3.3.6 Release Announcement". Retrieved 4 January 2018. 
  19. ^ https://community.endlessos.com/t/major-release-meet-endless-os-3-4/6547/1
  20. ^ Distribution Release: Endless OS 3.4.0 (DistroWatch.com News)
  21. ^ Mah Ung, Gordon (February 19, 2016). "Review: The $79 Endless Mini PC isn't for you, but it's still pretty cool". 

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