Pop! OS Review

Pop! OS Review

For those who don’t know, Pop! OS is a recently released, or rather soon to be released, Linux desktop OS from System76.  System76 is a hardware vendor dedicated to selling Linux based laptops, desktops and servers.  Pop! OS is based on Ubuntu and has an official release date scheduled for October 19th.  Normally I don’t waste time testing or much less reviewing pre-release software.  However Pop! OS caught my attention as my company owns many System76 devices and has been very satisfied with the hardware.

Link: https://system76.com/pop

First Impressions

This desktop background is obnoxious…  Ten seconds later that was fixed and I could focus on the OS.  After getting past that I immediately grew fond of the clean look and feel of the desktop environment.  Shortly there after I realized that everything was tuned great for the HiDPI display on my System76 Galago Pro laptop.

I believe releasing their own OS is a huge plus if you own System 76 hardware, as the OS has been tuned for the hardware and includes all necessary drivers for their machines.

As Pop! OS is a Ubuntu based OS I was right at home for getting the software packages I use installed.  I need to note that day to day I am not a expert in managing the Linux Desktop, I am a backend server and Dev Ops engineer.  Having an OS that looks, feels and works great on great hardware was refreshing.  I will likely be leaving Pop! OS installed on this laptop for the foreseeable future.

The Flaws

At the moment the biggest annoyance I have with Pop! OS is the name.  At a minimum I would like to see the exclamation point removed from the name.  The second possible flaw being the fear that System 76 stops supporting Pop! OS, which to me really isn’t a big issue as it would take me 15 minutes to reinstall the latest Ubuntu LTS release.

Overall Thoughts

The look an feel is very refreashing.  It took me 10 years to make the switch from a Red Hat based desktop OS to Ubuntu.  I am not sold on making the switch on my quad display workstation from Ubuntu to Pop! OS.  For now it feels great on my System 76 Galago Pro, where it is still running, and I will likely reinstall Pop with the official release when it arrives.

Galago Pro from System76: https://system76.com/laptops/galago

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