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Programs and Applications

You can explore folders on your computer to see some of the apps that are already installed on your computer. If you want to see all the apps in one place, click on the More Apps icon on your desktop. This will open the App Center and you can see all apps that are available for you to add to your desktop.

To add games to your computer, click the More Apps icon on your desktop. This will open the App Center.

Select Games from the left menu. You can browse through all the games, and once you’ve found a game you’d like to try, click on it. Click the green button to install or add to your desktop.

 

In addition to the games already available on your computer, you can access many additional online games if you have an internet connection. 

If you have an internet connection, make sure you take advantage of all the free online games that are available, too!

 

 Try browsing our Discover Center through your internet browser to find some cool new free games sites.

You can search for Steam as well in order to play more games!

Some games that feature multiplayer are Battle Tanks and M.A.R.S. These particular games allow you to play with friends using the same keyboard.

 

Some games, like Atomic Tanks, are turn-based, so you have to wait for your friend to finish their turn before it’s yours again. Other games like are Wesnoth and FreeCiv allow you to play with people all around the world if you’re connected to the internet!

 

 You can search for any of these games from the global search bar at the top of your desktop, or by browsing the App Center’s game section after clicking on the More Apps button from your desktop.

Limitation: This FAQ applies to version 3.0 or higher.


Our mission is to have as many people as possible enjoy the benefit of Endless OS, so we have made it available as a free download, and have pre-installed the following free-of-patent video codecs:

  • OGG Vorbis (.ogg)
  • OGG Theora
  • VP8/VP9 (.webm)
  • PCM (.wav)
  • MP3 (.mp3)

Unfortunately, some other video formats have patents and are not free, so we do not pre-install them on the free version of Endless OS. Starting from Endless OS version 3.0, Endless OS supports the ability to purchase and install new codecs that can support playback of the following media:

  • Most .mov / .mp4 / .m4a files (MPEG 4 video and AC3/MP3 audio decoders)
  • Most .avi / .divx (H.264 video and AAC audio)
  • Web sites with embedded HTML5 video and audio content (Youtube, Netflix, etc)

Please see here for “how to purchase and install codecs”.


Note: Although computers with Intel, AMD or other X86 CPU can support Netflix after installing the codec upgrade, Endless Mini and other computers with ARM CPUs can’t support Netflix due to digital rights management.

No, Endless is a Linux-based operating system and does not support Windows apps. However, most of the types of apps you find on a Windows (or Mac) operating system are on Endless and we will continue adding more in the near future.

If you have a favorite app that you can't find on Endless OS, let us know on our community forum. There may be something similar that we can recommend for you, or your suggestion might end up influencing our Product Roadmap.

Note: Starting from version 3.0, you can install Endless OS alongside Windows so that you can use any Windows applications that you can’t find on Endless. Please click here for details.

Limitation: This FAQ applies to version 3.0 or higher.


Endless OS versions 3.0 and newer will support applications from other publishers by using a new application bundling system called Flatpak (flatpak.org).

 

If you have a favorite app that you can't find on Endless OS, let us know on the community forum. There may be something similar that we can recommend for you, or your suggestion might end up influencing our Product Roadmap.

At present, the App Center will only show apps from Endless, but advanced users can follow the instructions on http://flatpak.org/ to manually install 3rd party runtimes and applications. 

At present, there is no dedicated FTP app (like Filezilla) for Endless OS. But don't worry! The built-in Documents app has FTP support. Here's how to use it:

1. Open Documents by clicking the icon on your desktop
2. Click "Other Locations" in the sidebar

3. Enter the FTP server address, starting with ftp://, into the box labelled "Connect to Server", then click "Connect"

4. Enter your username and password, if necessary, then click "Connect"

5. You have now connected to the FTP server. You can drag files in and out of this window to download and upload them. When you're finished, click the Eject button beside the FTP server in the sidebar.

Endless OS comes with more than 100 apps installed, covering a variety of subjects, and most of them do not require an internet connection. However, we know that people want to do lots of different things with their computers, more than we can fit into the version that you get on your computer or download so we have the Endless OS App Center directly on your home screen to get new apps.

The Endless OS App Center comes pre-configured to install additional apps provided by Endless and external and 3rd party developers using the Flathub project. Flathub uses the Flatpak, app distribution system to run apps safely and securely on a number of different Linux systems. Any developer can add their application to Flathub and have it show up in the Endless App Center.

For advanced users it's possible to install Flatpak apps from other sources, as well, the Flatpak web site has instructions for how to add more app sources, and how to install Flatpak apps directly from the command line. Flatpak is a new technology, with more apps becoming available all the time. If your favourite app is not yet available as a Flatpak, ask its developers to consider it, so it can be easily installed on Endless OS and other Linux distributions.

Limitation: This FAQ applies to version 3.0 or higher.

In order to watch Netflix and some YouTube videos, you must have H.264 codec support.

On computers with Intel, AMD or other x86-64 CPUs: from Endless OS 3.0.7 onwards, you can install Google Chrome from the App Center. Netflix and YouTube should work fully in Google Chrome. Depending on when you first installed Endless OS, it may already be your default browser.

On the Endless Mini or other computers with ARM CPUs: YouTube should work fully in the built-in browser but Netflix is not supported due to digital rights management.

Endless is compatible with some of Microsoft’s most popular applications, like Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, but it is unable to run any of those applications directly. Instead, the LibreOffice suite provides a similar experience, for free.

Some of the more advanced features may not be completely preserved, so before you move your Microsoft Office files to your Endless computer, be sure to save a backup of the originals in case any data is lost in the file conversion.

There are a lot of apps that are already installed on your computer or are easy to install if you have an internet connection. To find more apps that you can use, click on the More Apps icon on your desktop. This will open the App Center.

 

You can browse through the App Center’s categories to find new apps. Once you’ve found an app you’d like, click on it and then click on the green Add to Desktop button. Some apps in the App Center will require an internet connection for you to download and install them, and you’ll find an Install App button next to them instead of the green Add to Desktop button. If you have an internet connection, just click on the Install App button, and your app will download and install so you can add it to your desktop.

 

Unfortunately, you cannot install Linux apps directly from the internet - you can only add apps that are already in our App Center. We often add new apps, so please check the App Center after system updates to find new apps you can use.

 

In addition to the apps on your computer, if you have an internet connection, you can use many additional web apps. Explore the Discovery Center through your internet browser for inspiration!

 

If you have a favorite app that you can't find on Endless OS, let us know on our Community. There may be something similar that we can recommend for you, or your suggestion might end up influencing our Product Roadmap.

When you have internet access, your Endless OS can function as a tool to talk to people in many ways. Just follow a few simple steps:

On your Desktop, click on the Social folder to find some pre-installed apps that let you talk to others. Skype is a great app to use if you’re also interested in video chatting. Keep in mind that you will need speakers or headphones, a microphone, and a video camera in order to use your computer as a phone or for video chatting.

If you are unable to find Skype in the Social folder, search for Skype in the global search bar at the top of your Desktop and click on it to open. If you are unable to locate Skype through the global search,

it is likely due to the fact that the app has not yet been installed on your computer. You will need to download & install the app before using it by going to More Apps and installing from there.

Once installed, you can simply click on the Skype app and talk to your friends & family whenever you please.

In the same way, you can find Slack or Whatsapp.

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