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Pop!_OS mini-review

Written on 2019-06-03


First of all, this won't be a technical, benchmark-filled, comparison-table-ridden review. It's just my two cents about the Pop!_OS Linux distribution. With that out of the way...

Pop-bang-underscore-OS

Pop-bang-underscore-OS (what a weird name) is a GNU/Linux operating system, described by the company behind it, System76, as:

an OS for the software developer, maker, and computer science professional who uses their computer as a tool to discover and create.

A better Ubuntu?

Why did I say "Ubuntu"? Because Pop!_OS is based on the popular purple-orange Linux distribution. Now, back to the question...

I'm sure it can be. For some. Maybe even more chances for that when running on System76 hardware. Why is that, you might ask? Well, from what I heard, it seems that the guys at System76 write special optimizations for their devices in Pop!_OS so that users get a better experience. It works pretty similar to what Apple does: because Apple works on both the hardware and the operating system of their machines, they can bring a better tailored experience to their users. System76 looks like it's trying to achieve that, and more. Their operating system is running better on their hardware, but is not restricted to that! I ran Pop!_OS on my Dell G5, and it worked pretty well. Why not just plain good, or perfect?

For the most part the system was great - smooth animations, fast feedback, cool custom Gnome theming - but there was a little thing that made me dump Pop!_OS (for now; I'll still check from time to time to see if there have been any improvements). It was freezing every few minutes. I couldn't figure out why. From time to time, the whole desktop environment would just hang for a few seconds then go back to normal. It wasn't a mortal wound, but rather a very annoying mosquito that was just hanging around and checking my blood's taste every now and then.

I think that's the only thing that I don't like about Pop!_OS.

Let's quickly talk about a few things that I find great and I can remember:

Okay, but can it run Crysis?

Didn't try, sorry. But I managed to install and play Age of Empires 2 HD through Steam's Proton (Steam Play) and Starcraft 2 through Lutris. To be honest with you, I didn't go past the campaign menu in Starcraft, not because it didn't work (it seemed to work fine), but because, I closed it to play AoE, which worked flawlessly.

What about you?

What's your opinion on Pop-were-these-!_-really-necessary-OS? If you haven't tried it, do you think you would?