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Pop!_OS

Pop!_OS is designed to inspire users to learn, imagine the impossible, and then create it. Increase your productivity on startup with features that prioritize smooth workflow and hardware performance, as well as easy access to developer toolkits like CUDA and Tensorflow. Pop!_OS is meticulously engineered to provide a polished, secure experience out of the box. Try it today!

Source: https://s76.co/trypopnow
Homepage: https://system76.com/pop

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TeamLinux01

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Pop!_OS 20.04 has a lot going for it right out of the gate. It is one of the best looking Gnome desktops and the Pop!_Shop is excellent for adding new software, as it includes Ubuntu repository software, their own catered software and flathub flatpak software. It really is a great distribution for someone who is creative, such as a designer or programmer. It also plays supported games very well with minimal effort, as Steam is provided in the Pop!_Shop and modified for a better overall experience when setting up. Even a lot of Windows only games will work with Proton enablement in Steam.

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Ala

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My best experience was with Pop!_OS

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Thomas Richter

74 users found this useful.
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I've deployed Pop!_OS in at least 10 devices so far, with 4 normie users using with no complaint or errors so far. Works great for any device. Great hardware support and software.

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Zack

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Once I replace gnome with KDE I have used it non-stop.

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minyaen

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I have been using this on my main machine (Laptop, i7-8750H, 32GB RAM, nVidia 2080 mobile) and it's been one of the only experiences that has not given me any trouble with drivers, games, etc. Using it with two monitors (3 if you count the laptop screen). Gaming is solid as System76 makes it easy with providing relevant drivers and tweaks. Really wish there was an option for tiling window manager (heard there was a System76 gnome extension coming out for this), or other desktop environments as gnome gets tired quickly (KDE would be fantastic).

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Parish

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Clean interface that looks beautiful without having to do any tweaks. Works very well with 2 monitors. I'm more of a Plasma guy, but this has worked so well with my main home PC that I haven't found a reason to leave it.

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Jeff

160 users found this useful.
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It just WORKS, not much more to say

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Nilov

167 users found this useful.
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Works great out of the box! One of my favorite distros!

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MaCroX95

218 users found this useful.
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By far the most polished distribution for desktop/laptop usage with a tiny bit of tweaking. Excellent work Pop!_OS team!

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TDL (TonDoesLinux)

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I have a System76 Darter Pro and it came with Pop!_OS installed on it. I used it on the laptop for a long period, and as I'm already a Gnome3 user, I love the way System76 implemented this in their OS. It is a very nice system and runs very smooth. I now have it as my daily driver on my main machine as well, and it works perfect, it keeps being smooth and running for two months now on that system as well, the OS is just perfect. I would advise it to all users that like Gnome3 or add extensions on Gnome and make it the way you like it.

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David Brown

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I got an Oryx Pro laptop from System76 last year and fully intended on nuking Pop!_OS and replacing it with Antergos/KDE, but I decided I'd go ahead and try Pop! out a bit before wiping it... and I'm still using it now. While I was becoming more of a KDE/Plasma fan at the time, I find that Pop's version of Gnome works very well for me. It's not as customizable as Plasma, but it's streamlined and stays out of the way, which is just what I'm looking for. The laptop has both an Intel and an nVidia GPU, and Pop! makes it really easy to switch back and forth. The app store is a little iffy, but that doesn't bother me much since I do most of my searching and installing software from the command line anyway. Overall, it's very well put together and maintained, and I'm very happy using it as my daily driver for the last year.

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Bryce H

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I'm a Network Administrator in an all-Windows shop that moved exclusively to Pop over 6 months ago. Since the move I've actually replaced Windows on every personal computing device I own, so it was actually Pop that helped convince me I could make the move to Linux and still function well. I just love the workflow I can accomplish with Pop. It truly stays out of my way as I'm going throughout my day. I've played a lot with Gnome implementations on other distros, but the small tweaks the System76 team has made in Pop really make the difference. You can tell a lot of work and intentionality went into developing the Pop system. No system is perfect, so there are certainly things that could change. As mentioned in previous reviews, offering more DE's might help others hop onto the Pop bandwagon. I've also had some issues the few times I've tried using the Pop!_Shop to search and/or install programs. It just seemed buggy sometimes, with random freezes and aspects of the pages not loading correctly. I do most of my installing using the terminal, so it isn't a huge issue, just something worth noting. Overall I'm super happy with Pop. My main workstation at work and my personal laptop are all running it now and I couldn't be happier. I for sure consider Pop a good distro to suggest to someone to try out when they want to see what makes Linux different from Windows. I'm excited to see where this project goes moving forward.

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matt

251 users found this useful.
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I've been using pop_os for a few months now. Intsallation is very easy and straightforward. My main home PC is an I7 Intel NUC.

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240 users found this useful.
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Snappy well polished distro. I wish they work more to support snaps. Overall it is not a bad distro to try. Actually in my book it is Linux Mint, Ubuntu and Pop!_OS.

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Jay H

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As the owner of a System76 Galago Pro, I've found that Pop!_OS is the best distro for me to run as a daily driver. It's a simple, no-nonsense offering that truly looks and feels like a complete product in many ways. For me, the standout feature of the distro is the fact that it ships with a live environment recovery mode under the hood - something I have't seen in other distributions. That one inclusion has saved my bacon several times already, and it's a much more pleasant experience than trying to recover a system via terminal in Grub. I really can't explain how invaluable this resource is, and it gives me peace of mind when using the distro. That said, I there are a couple of areas where I think Pop!_OS comes up short. First and foremost is the lack of a minimal installation option. Pop's stated target audience is "creators", and as such, I think many people - myself included - would prefer to install a bare-bones system, and then build a system out on top of it. As a software engineer and developer, I don't necessarily need a full office suite installed by default. That's a minor gripe though. My biggest "issue" is that there is no choice of DE during install. Again, since this distro is squarely aimed at creators, I think it goes without saying that everyone's workflow is different. Some people really love Gnome, while others prefer Plasma or even i3, and I think that giving users a choice would be a massive upgrade to the distribution. Sure, installing a new DE is pretty simple, but anything outside of Gnome won't necessarily inherit the Pop!_OS theme (which is beautiful in my opinion). Having a curated selection of themed environments to chose from at install would 1) simply be a nice touch, and 2) would allow each Pop user to have a workflow that truly suits their needs and requirements. Lastly (and this is admittedly a "pie in the sky" kind of wish versus an actual complaint), I do wish this was a semi-rolling release based on Debian Testing instead of Ubuntu, but to be honest, the update/upgrade process is fairly painless. Rolling is just a preference of mine, not a deal-breaker. It's still relatively early days, so I'm not too put out by these two things, but I hope the team considers them in the future. I haven't tried the distro as a server or on any IoT devices, so my review doesn't reflect that at all. I'm simply reviewing Pop from a desktop point of view. Overall, this is an amazing distro with an active development team, fantastic support, and a bright future, and I can easily give it 4/5 stars.

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Ed

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Amazing! Just wish they would ditch Gnome3 as Gnome3 has that Windows10 feel, where you need twenty clicks to do something that took two clicks in gnome2. Maybe for something minimalist like Budgie?

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My experience with Pop!_OS was pleasant. Installation was straight forward and fairly easy. Desktop is highly functional and visually nice. I would use as my daily driver but I did run into a screen tearing issue I have not been able to correct. So bad that none of the screen is readable. To be fair I am running in KVM virtual machine. I have filed bug report but have been unable to resolve the issue. Rebooting will make it go away but if I try to change the display settings it returns immediately. Other than this issue it has been Rock solid for me.

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