When comparing OpenRC vs Endeavour OS, the Slant community recommends Endeavour OS for most people. In the question“What are the best rolling release Linux distributions?” Endeavour OS is ranked 10th while OpenRC is ranked 32nd. The most important reason people chose Endeavour OS is:
Lean, fast and surprisingly stable.
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Pro No feature creep
OpenRC follows the UNIX philosophy of 'do one thing and do it well', while it's true that it has more features than sysvinit, it does not stay away from its primary function with unnecessary added features.
Pro Extremely simple
All configuration is done via shell scripts and symlinks. Shell scripts can then use various specialized utilities to ease the development of init scripts.
OpenRC builds on top of sysvinit and adds some more useful features (like parallel booting) while still the simplicity that sysvinit is know for. Because of this it generally boots faster than other init systems, especially when parallel booting is enabled.
Pro Less dependency creep
Using OpenRC does not lock in a distribution by providing specific NON-POSIX extra services which programs then would rely on.
Pro A very balanced compromise
Basically OpenRC doesn't replace SysV init, but rather works with it, providing features that SysV is lacking while taking advantage of its benefits. It's also used by a fair amount of reasonably popular distros and is well supported and developed.
Pro Very Efficient on System Resources
Uses multi-core and ram very efficiently.
Does one thing and does it well.
It can be ported to other UNIX and UNIX-like operating systems.
Pro Good overall system quality and performance
Lean, fast and surprisingly stable.
Pro AUR support
One of the best reasons to use an Arch based distro.
You can find almost every package there is in the Linux world!
Pro Great hardware support
Pro Great XFCE implementation
Their use of themes and configuration look great!
Pro Not based on Ubuntu
Pro Cutting edge rolling release
Exactly as Arch - allows users to stay on the most up-to-date versions of the software they are using.
Pro Support for a large variety of new hardware
Rolling release means newer, up to date, mesa and kernel versions able to handle newer hardware with better performance!
Pro Helpful community
Great team of developers and excellent forum support on their official website.
Pro Fast and simple package management
There can only be one Package Manager (pacman) ;)
Pro No restrictive handholding, pure control over everything
The user can do whatever he wishes because the distro IS Arch - with and easy installer and great themes.
Pro Arch Linux Wiki
Being an "easy to install version of Arch" means it is exactly easy to use the famous Arch Wiki!
Pro Great for low performance hardware
Easy on the specs and still blazingly fast.
Pro Stripped down to the bone
Since its stripped down, it is fast and you don't have to deal with bloatware.
Pro As slim as you want it
Based on Arch, Endevour OS keeps its core repositories slim and free of unnecessary dependencies. The distro comes with no bloatware, only the necessary packages. The repositories are nearly as full as those of Ubuntu, while they are often more up to date.
Pro Easy installer
Pro Great community
Con No socket activation
OpenRC does not have socket activation yet. It will be added in the future though.
Con Not GPL
Con Not widely supported by distributions
From Distrowatch, only ten distributions (of which 8 Linux, 1 BSD) support OpenRC.
It would be nice if distributions allowed more freedom in init system choice.
Con Same Cons that apply for Arch Linux
Since it is based on Arch, it is harder to install and can easily break.
Con Kalu needs a little refinement
I applaud the developers to carry on the legacy of Antergos, the only niggling thing that I would appreciate is, while it's nice to see news about updates; my opinion is that once you dismiss the notifications they STAY dismissed. And just clicking on the icon brings kalu brings it to the foreground. Or have the functionality of turning off the news altogether would be well received. Good distro.