Last year a startup called Endless Computers launched a line of inexpensive desktop PCs designed for use in developing markets, among other places. They currently sell for $79 to $229  and run a Linux-based operating system called Endless OS, which comes pre-loaded with apps and educational tools intended to make a PC useful even if you don’t have an internet connection.

In June, Endless announced that it was making the operating system available for download free of charge for anyone that wants to install it on their own.

Now Lenovo has announced it will ship a laptop in Mexico that comes with Endless OS pre-installed.

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Endless OS has a simple, phone-like user interface and comes with more than 100 apps pre-loaded, including LibreOffice, the Pitivi video editor, GIMP image editor, and educational content including Wikipedia, Khan Academy, and more.

Lenovo will load the operating system on a version of the B41-30 notebook, which is a low-cost model featuring a 14 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, an Intel Celeron N3050 processor, 2GB of RAM, 500GB of storage 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, two USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, HDMI and VGA ports, a DVD drive, and an SD card reader.

There’s no word in whether Lenovo has any plans to sell a model with Endless OS outside of Mexico anytime soon.

The laptop is available in some other markets as a Windows 10 notebook.

 

via WinFuture and Web Adictos

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7 replies on “Lenovo to ship laptops with Endless OS in Mexico”

  1. I tried it, and I’m far from being satisfied with it. As sooner as you install normal OS, being linux or Windows, the better. Simplification overdrive. Ubuntu would be far better choice. Does Lenovo,Acer and who else think that people in Mexico are simpletons or what, I do not know, but Endless OS is just not good enough for PC.

  2. I am tired of articles, people, and anything else that constantly calls SOFTWARE PROGRAMS, “apps”. It’s degrading.

  3. I seem to remember Endless OS is the Linux flavor used by Endless Computers in their small desktop devices (they still sell them). I think Endless Computers had something to do with Negroponte and the OLPC project (is OLPC still a “thing” these days?)

    One should be very skeptical once you see Lenovo getting it’s fingers into what seems to be an otherwise well meaning effort like Endless OS. There’s probably a money angle in this for Lenovo. Maybe it’ll be ads and/or spying on users so they can sell the info. Or maybe they’ll turn Endless OS into crippled nag-ware like Acer did with Linpus Linux.

    Then again, it may just be Lenovo seeing this as a way to market to the highly impressionable young people. Apple does this all the time with schools (and a lot of people see it at predatory indoctrination by Apple, not altruism).

    I don’t see any mention of this Lenovo/Endless OS thing on the Endless Computers Web site.

    Here’s a link to Endless Computers and Endless OS:

    endlessm(dot)com

    And here’s a link to the Endless Computers desktop machines:

    endlessm(dot)com/our-computers/

    1. I certainly hope there is a money angle, why else would a corporation do it? Hopefully somebody is actually asking for alternatives to Windows 10. Google’s ChromeOS only works with pervasive, almost forget about it reliable, Internet connectivity only really available in the 1st World so it isn’t an option.

    1. The base comes from Debian but OSTree is used for atomic updates. Their desktop is largely Gnome based but a custom shell and various forks and custom applications.

  4. Looks kinda like something I imagined for a DE, where the wallpaper screen is just permanently like the Android all apps screen or Windows 8 start screen. It’s what chrome OS should do since there’s not a single icon there.

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