Endless Ships Steam and Slack on Endless OS
Through Flatpak, Endless Now Includes World’s Largest Online Gaming Platform and The Fastest Growing Messaging Platform for Teams
Steam, the world’s largest online gaming platform, and Slack, the world’s fastest growing collaboration tool for teams, are now both included as Flatpak applications in the Endless OS App Center. The addition of Slack and Steam serve as powerful evidence of the richness of the ecosystem of free apps and content available to users of the Endless operating system. A complete live, work and play platform providing everything you need to be productive in a single desktop environment, Endless offers apps for entertainment, research, health, education, small business and many other areas to help anyone achieve a better life. It allows users to lean forward to develop technical skills and acquire new knowledge, or lean back to enjoy games, entertainment and social media.
With the addition of Steam, Endless OS users now have access to more than 1,800 game titles and a community of more than 65 million gamers in 237 countries and 21 different languages. The Endless community is now able to play some of the most popular free and for-purchase games from Valve, such as Dota 2, Team Fortress 2, as well as independent titles like Rocket League, Garry’s Mod, and Ark: Survival Evolved.
With Slack, which integrates with dozens of popular services such as Twitter, Dropbox, Trello, Asana, Google Docs, JIRA, MailChimp, Stripe, and Zendesk, Endless users can now consolidate and make sense of the ever-growing flows of data that confront modern work teams. With more than 5 million daily active users, Slack is quickly becoming the hub for all enterprise software and provides important messaging and business productivity tools to the Endless community.
“We couldn’t be more excited to include Slack and Steam with the latest version of the Endless OS,” said Cosimo Cecchi, director of core engineering at Endless. “These outstanding software applications bring a great new dimension to Endless, and we’re all in on creating an even better experience for Endless users as we continue to expand the apps available on the platform thanks to the unifying technology of Flatpak. We look forward to bringing more of the best gaming and messaging software and technologies to Endless in the future.”
Alexander Larsson, lead developer of Flatpak and principal engineer at Red Hat, commented, “The beauty of Flatpak is the ability to bridge app creators to Linux distributions to bring new, exciting software to the world. We’re particularly excited about the opportunity Endless affords to advance the benefits of open-source environments to entirely new audiences.”
As an open-source deployment mechanism, Flatpak was developed by an independent cohort made up of volunteers and contributors from supporting organizations in the open-source community. Its universal framework makes it possible to bring Steam, Slack and other software to operating systems that encourage open collaboration, and is a critical driver in transforming Endless into a vibrant app ecosystem for entertainment, education, research and computing literacy.
Endless OS offers a familiar, intuitive interface that is as simple to use as a smartphone and is built upon the decades of evolution of the Linux operating system and the contributions of thousands of volunteers on the GNOME project. It was field-tested and designed to ensure its instinctive interface brings immediate productivity from the moment it is turned on, even if a user has little to no computer experience. It always works, even in low- or no-bandwidth environments, and unlike mobile and most desktop environments, it contains a wealth of offline content and a complete set of applications — everything you need no matter where you are.
Endless OS is available as a free download at the Endless website and works on most Windows-compatible machines.