[kwlug-disc] Perhaps the best desktop/developer Linux distro

Jason Eckert jason.eckert at gmail.com
Thu Feb 7 14:53:21 EST 2019


I've never had the patience to watch those videos.
I just experimented with it in a VM for a few hours before deciding that it
was the best thing since systemd (um, I mean sliced bread).
However, I did exactly that - my Mac Pro tube (late 2013) with 128GB DDR3
now runs Pop!_OS natively instead of macOS, and it's one heck of an awesome
upgrade in my opinion.
Running Linux natively is more appropriate for my development needs (which
require a lot of containers and VMs), but the main reason I switched was
the desktop experience, actually.
The performance of my setup with Pop!_OS has also increased tremendously,
which also means the hardware will be useful to me for much longer as well!
Cheers,
Jason.

On Thu, Feb 7, 2019 at 2:40 PM Chamunks <chamunks at gmail.com> wrote:

> I've really liked the new Gnome experience I just wonder if it's anywhere
> near as smooth as I want it to be.  Are there any reasonable videos to
> watch online to showcase the OS that isn't like 3 hours of someone dragging
> us through the mud in a monotone voice like most early tech demo videos?
>
> I really like the idea of a responsive and useful desktop experience with
> Linux I really want to cut and run from OS X as soon as someone else does a
> better job.
>
> On Wed, Feb 6, 2019 at 8:05 PM Jason Eckert <jason.eckert at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>> https://system76.com/pop
>>
>> Someone with a System76 laptop at UW gave me a demo and got me hooked.
>>
>> I've since made it my main OS after spending a week migrating all of my
>> developer configuration. It's Ubuntu 18, but modified to a very granular
>> level with an incredibly large number of clever enhancements for
>> productivity, many of which aren't available anywhere else.
>>
>> It's the first Linux that truly could replace any other OS for any user
>> in my opinion (basic users, power users, hardcore Linux nerds, etc.).
>>
>> It's like crack - you'll probably get hooked.
>> The good news is that the first hit is free (as are all other hits
>> because it's FLOSS).
>>
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