Distrowatch High 5 Distributions Evaluation: Pop!_OS

Pop!_OS is rated as quantity 5 on the favored rankings web site, Distrowatch, based mostly on variety of hits to the Distrowatch web page for the OS, not based mostly on precise downloads / user-base. You may try my critiques of the opposite 4 high spots by following these hyperlinks: Linux Mint, Manjaro, EndeavourOS, and MX Linux.

There aren’t many Linux distributions that I haven’t tried…However Pop!_OS is one among them, and so doing this overview is actually my first time ever touching the OS…And I each favored it, and had critical points with it.

For these unfamiliar with Pop!_OS, it’s an Ubuntu based mostly distribution created by System76, a preferred producer of Linux-centric prebuilt computer systems. The distribution is broadly considered secure, fashionable, crammed with options, and newbie pleasant, in addition to pretty minimalist with reference to bloat.

Pop!_OS solely is available in a single flavour, GNOME, and the OS is constructed particularly with that in thoughts in consequence.

My Specs:

  • Ryzen 5 3500X
  • NVIDIA GTX 1660 Tremendous
  • 16GB DDR4 3000Mhz
  • System put in on a SATA SSD

Set up

I want I may say that I didn’t have points throughout set up, as that might make Pop!_OS sound so much much less daunting firstly of this text like this…Nevertheless, such was not the case. First, I opted to put in Pop!_OS 20.04 LTS, utilizing their model particular to NVIDIA GPU’s in order that I wouldn’t must have Nouveau fiddle; nevertheless, upon making an attempt the set up, I acquired an set up failure that occurred it doesn’t matter what I did. Googling the problem didn’t produce any significant or useful outcomes, both. I made the Stay-USB utilizing dd from inside one other Linux system, so I knew it wasn’t the instrument/utility making the USB break issues. So, then I made a decision to attempt 21.04 (NVIDIA) as a substitute, regardless of it not being the LTS and subsequently having much less long run help…And voila! It labored.

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The set up utility is one I haven’t seen earlier than, so I assume it’s customized made for Pop!_OS, and I’ve to say that it was very properly designed. It was enticing, organized, simple to grasp, and had loads of choices obtainable inside it. The set up itself, as soon as I acquired it going, was painless and really, very quick.

Included Software program and Options

That is the place PopOS is each minimal, and fully-featured. When it comes to included software program, there actually isn’t all that a lot…LibreOffice was put in, in addition to Firefox and the Geary electronic mail consumer…however that was just about it other than primary utilities, a dock, and the Pop!_Shop (software program set up utility). Even proprietary multimedia codecs reminiscent of MP3 and DVD decoders usually are not included by default.

This makes Pop!_OS enticing for these looking for an excellent minimal system to construct from the just about floor up…Nevertheless, don’t mistake this for an absence of options. Pop!_OS does include Full-disk encryption enabled by default which could be very uncommon (their web site claims they’re the one Linux distribution to take action, however I can’t affirm this), the power to carry out an OS refresh which reinstalls the OS shortly and simply whereas preserving your house folder, and is sort of clear on their web site about their stance on privateness,

Pop!_OS doesn’t gather or retailer any information from person installations. Minimal OS and {hardware} information is used—not saved—to offer updates and connectivity verification. Apps packaged by Flatpak require permission to entry greater than what’s wanted to perform.”

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One other attention-grabbing factor to notice, was that once I was putting in software program reminiscent of GIMP from the POP!_Shop, I didn’t have to enter my root password; one thing I do not suppose I’ve ever encountered. Not 100% positive how I really feel about that, but it surely’s completely price noting.

Total, I used to be impressed with this aspect of Pop!_OS. I actually don’t like GNOME, however this was in all probability essentially the most properly organized and designed GNOME system I’ve used up to now.


Pop!_OS was just a little heavier than I anticipated. With LibreOffice Author open and Firefox with 4 tabs open my CPU averaged 16% utilization with 2.9GB of RAM used. I attribute this to GNOME not being very light-weight; however general I by no means confronted any slowdowns, hiccups, slow-to-start functions, or hung functions. So long as you’re utilizing a semi-modern PC, you’ll be high quality.

Ultimate Ideas

I personally gained’t use Pop!_OS as a result of I detest GNOME, however I’ve to confess, it’s a very enticing OS, with some good options below the hood, a minimalist method within the sense of bloat, and being based mostly of Ubuntu you’ll be able to anticipate loads of simple to search out help. If all of this sounds good, I strongly advocate you try this distribution, you might adore it!

Now you:

Have you ever tried Pop!_OS? What have been your ideas on it? Let me know within the feedback under!