Pop!_OS Reviews

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POP!_OS is a young work in progress

I wanted to like this distro because...

  • It's based on Ubuntu, which has widespread support
  • It doesn't have the privacy concerns Ubuntu is facing
  • I support System 76 as a company that promotes Linux-based products for the average user
  • I like the minimalistic, out-of-the-box desktop setup

... but I uninstalled it after a couple of hours because...

  • It's software center is threadbare (at the time of writing this), which means installing synaptic package manager and Ubuntu software center anyway
  • I realised there is no clear information about whether System 76 issue security alerts, or if security updates are just taken directly from Ubuntu
  • After installing Spotify (via snap) and Nvidia drivers (390), I restarted and got a pile of errors on startup that ultimately prevented me from logging in. Grub offered only "ubuntu" as an option and that option returned all kind of ACPI errors. (I don't believe this was related to the plymouth password entry bug known for encrypted hard disks.)
  • I can install the excellent Pop theme (icons, shell theme, etc.) even if I use another distro.


Pop!_OS is very young (released autumn 2017). It is run by ultimately very good and capable people. I hope it will grow. Perhaps it will be worth checking in on it again in a few months.

[Edited by JohnFastman, April 02]

[Edited by JohnFastman, April 02]

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Developed by System76 this Ubuntu based fork provides a very clean experience. It just works with a modern minimalist design and as a Information Science person this has been huge for my productivity.

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For many years, Pop!_OS is the first Linux distribution become my daily driver by accident. I am developing software and games in my spare time and I always have a Linux drive ready to use in case I need to test or build something on Linux on a real hardware but it was never my intention to use Linux full time. Not any more at least....
So one day, as usual my Linux installation was crash on me, something broken in the dependency tree, was getting errors when I tried to install something or update the system and so I decided it is time to have a fresh install again, no surprise there, it is Linux after all. I decided to try a distribution I have never tried before and my choice was Pop!_OS. I have installed the system and all the apps I'm going to need and I was about to shut down my computer and swap back to my Windows 10 drive and forget about Pop!_OS until next time I need Linux again when the idea did Pop! in to my head "why not use it for a few days and see how it holds up, what this OS is all about". Few days become weeks, weeks become months and here I am, 9 months later, Pop!_OS is still rolling as the first day I have installed it and I love it. All apps and packages available from the Ubuntu repositories of course and everything works as it should be. Extremely reliable, stable and fast.
I did not go back to my Windows 10 drive not even once since I have installed Pop!_OS and the reason is very simple. Pop!_OS comes with no bloat but the essentials to run the system. Working in Gnome 3 is very efficient and productive, I'm really do like the Gnome 3 desktop. I didn't have any dependency or compatibility problems since I have installed it, not even once in the past 9 months and performance is great. Using it every day, all day and everything is going smooth and I enjoy using Linux again thanks to Pop!_OS. I love this OS so much I even consider to buy a System76 computer next time I need to replace my current PC.