When comparing NixOS vs Endeavour OS, the Slant community recommends Endeavour OS for most people. In the question“What are the best Linux distributions for desktops?” Endeavour OS is ranked 22nd while NixOS is ranked 28th. The most important reason people chose Endeavour OS is:
One of the best reasons to use an Arch based distro. You can find almost every package there is in the Linux world!
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Pro State of the art package manager
Atomic non-destructive upgrades / rollback of a system upgrade / declarative reproducible system configuration / unprivileged installation of packages / transparent source or binary deployment.
Packages don't break after a NixOS upgrade as they are prone to with other distros (especially Arch).
Pro Reproducible System
NixOS is configured using the Nix package manager, allowing your system to be replicated and kept in sync across multiple machines. Great for keeping a laptop and desktop in sync.
You can start with a minimal environment and add packages and software to suit your needs as you go along.
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 Good overall system quality and performance
Lean, fast and surprisingly stable.
Pro Not based on Ubuntu
Pro Great hardware support
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 Fast and simple package management
There can only be one Package Manager (pacman) ;)
Pro Helpful community
Great team of developers and excellent forum support on their official website.
Pro Great XFCE implementation
Their use of themes and configuration look great!
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 Arch Linux Wiki
Being an "easy to install version of Arch" means it is exactly easy to use the famous Arch Wiki!
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 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 Stripped down to the bone
Since its stripped down, it is fast and you don't have to deal with bloatware.
Pro Great for low performance hardware
Easy on the specs and still blazingly fast.
Pro Great community
Pro Easy installer
Con Documentation is not good
Con A configuration change might end up bricking your system
Con Uses a text-based installer
Con Uses systemd
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.