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

CrankyOldBugger crankyoldbugger at gmail.com
Thu Feb 7 15:08:14 EST 2019


Well I just popped Pop into a VM (see what I did there?).. so far so good,
actually.  Worth investigating more...


On Thu, 7 Feb 2019 at 14:53, Jason Eckert <jason.eckert at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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