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Pop!_OS

Last Update: 2019-05-01 03:39 UTC


Pop!_OS is an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution featuring a custom GNOME desktop. Pop!_OS is designed to have a minimal amount of clutter on the desktop without distractions in order to allow the user to focus on work. The distribution is developed by Linux computer retailer System76.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 30 (329), 6 months: 24 (404), 3 months: 19 (565), 4 weeks: 19 (510), 1 week: 22 (490)

Average visitor rating: 8.8/10 from 119 review(s).


Pop!_OS
Distribution Pop!_OS
Home Page https://system76.com/pop
Mailing Lists --
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums
Documentation http://pop.system76.com/docs/
Screenshots --
Screencasts
Download Mirrors https://system76.com/pop
Bug Tracker https://github.com/system76/pop-distro/issues
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2019-04-20: Distribution Release: Pop!_OS 19.04
 • 2018-10-20: Distribution Release: Pop!_OS 18.10
 • 2018-03-29: Development Release: Pop!_OS 18.04 Testing
 • More Pop!_OS releases...

  Headlines:
 •2019-06-02 System76 announces new Gazelle laptops
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Feature 19.04 18.10 18.04 17.10
Release Date 2019-04-20 2018-10-19 2018-04-30 2017-10-18
End Of Life 2020-01      
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 2100-2400 2000-2300 1800-2100 1700-1800
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME
Package Management DEB (apt) DEB (apt) DEB (apt), Snap DEB (apt), Snap
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext4 Btrfs, ext4 Btrfs, ext4 Btrfs, ext4
Multilingual -- -- -- --
Asian Language Support -- -- -- --
Full Package List 19.04 18.10 18.04 17.10
Package 19.04 18.10 18.04 17.10
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.9) 1.1.8 1.1.6 1.1.3 1.1.3
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- --
bash (5.0) 5.0 4.4.18 4.4 4.4
bind (9.15.2) -- -- -- --
chromium (75.0.3770.142) -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.11) 2.2.10 2.2.8 2.2.7 2.2.4
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.3.5 4.3.5 4.3.5
e2fsprogs (1.45.3) 1.44.6 1.44.4 1.44.1 1.43.5
firefox (68.0.1) 66.0.3 63.0 59.0.2 56.0
freetype (2.10.1) 2.9.1 2.8.1 2.8.1 2.8
gcc (9.1.0) 8.3.0 8.2.0 7.3.0 7.2.0
gimp (2.10.12) -- -- -- --
glibc (2.29) 2.29 2.28 2.27 2.26
gnome-shell (3.32.2) 3.32.0 3.30.1 3.28.1 3.26.1
gnucash (3.6) -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.45) -- -- -- --
grub (2.04) 2.02 2.02 2.02 2.02beta3
gtk (3.24.10) 3.24.8 3.24.1 3.22.30 3.22.24
httpd (2.4.39) -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.4) -- -- -- --
k3b (19.04.3) -- -- -- --
kmod (26) 25 25 24 24
krita (4.2.3) -- -- -- --
libreoffice (6.2.5) 6.2.2 6.1.2 6.0.3 5.4.1
linux (5.2.1) 5.0 4.18 4.15 4.13
Package 19.04 18.10 18.04 17.10
lxpanel (0.10.0) -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.4.6) -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.22.1) -- -- -- --
mesa (19.1.2) 19.0.2 18.2.2 18.0.0rc5 17.2.2
mysql (8.0.16) -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.32.1) 3.32.0 3.26.4 3.26.3 3.26.0
NVIDIA (430.34) 418.56 410.57 390.48 --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- --
openjdk (12.0.1) -- -- -- --
openssh (8.0p1) 7.9p1 7.7p1 7.6p1 7.5p1
openssl (1.1.1c) 1.1.1b 1.1.1 1.1.0g 1.0.2g
perl (5.30.0) 5.28.1 5.26.2 5.26.1 5.26.0
php (7.3.7) -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.16.3) -- -- -- --
postfix (3.4.6) -- -- -- --
postgresql (11.4) -- -- -- --
Python (3.7.4) 2.7.16 2.7.15 2.7.15 2.7.14
qt (5.13.0) 5.12.2 -- -- --
samba (4.10.6) -- -- -- --
systemd (242) 240 239 237 234
thunderbird (60.8.0) -- -- -- --
vim (8.1) 8.1 8.0 8.0 8.0
vlc (3.0.7.1) -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.5) -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.20.5) 1.20.4 1.20.1 1.19.6 1.19.5

Reader Ratings
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Average rating
8.8
from 119 review(s)



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Version: 19.04
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-07-05
Votes: 13


I'm coming over from Ubuntu 19.04 which I still think is a great distribution.
Pop!_OS is nice for laptops with Optimus Intel/Nvidia switchable graphics as they tend to be a bit of a pain to get set up until you learn all the little tricks of the trade. I've lost interest in tinkering and just want an "It works" experience. Full install from Usb 3.0 in less than five minutes. I deleted some stuff from the Pop! Shop and managed to break gnome shell in the fist 30 minutes. The system restore option had me up and running in a matter of minutes. Lesson learned: Be careful about what you delete from the Pop! Shop. Just finished playing an hour of CSGO through Steam. Everything looks and works great. Thank you System76 for tweaking Ubuntu into such a polished distrobution. Love it!


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Version: 19.04
Rating: 8
Date: 2019-07-03
Votes: 3


Would be a 10 if not based on Ubuntu and has systemd. Long time user of Linux, long enough a habitual distro hopper. Run FreeBSD on my servers and grew up using computers with a CLI.

I usually hate Debian based distros but also wanted something I do not have to fiddle with for the Ryzen laptop. Kernel 4.18 was when Linux could boot the new hardware for the first time. So after listening to some reviews and reading the background of pop I thought why not try the live version?

I was surprised. I' am not surprised usually. I have used Gentoo, Arch, Void, Slackware, extensively. Nothing new under the sun. But pop surprised me. A fixed Ubuntu without the staleness of Mint? Yes!

I love the concept of GNOME, I run MATE or XFCE (XFCE is perfect on Slackware)and i3 remotely, but hate the performance and bugs. I now am appreciating what GNOME was meant to be. There is some early design decisions that will always make it give a user impression of slugginess but this is the best I have seen GNOME.

A unix is not a unix if you cannot self host and compile from first login. This is a no brainer and the cuddling of dummy users in the Linux Desktop has gone past being reasonable. Another pleasant surprise: not only is build tools installed but -dev packages are installed also. Finally a desktop distro that includes the development tools any serious unix user take for granted.

For anyone looking at screens for long periods of time: Fira is a blessing. On Atrix it is also a default font. The power management of pop is also nice. It seems know that it is a no brainer to be able to switch power management profiles with a couple of clicks. Duh.

pop is the first time my new Ryzen laptop actually feels like a laptop and not a nice looking machine waiting to get out of the teenage years and reach it' s full potential. Nicely done pop!!!


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Version: 19.04
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-07-03
Votes: 8


Very efficient.
You dont even need a mouse for anything. Super key and start typing the name of the app you want and it's there.
Use Super Key and arrows to switch workspaces.

Twice as efficient as I used to be when I would tweak a distro for an hour to get everything in the best place possible for mouse use. Now i don't even hardly touch it.

No compatability issues, and Nvidia drivers in the ISO.

Fackin awesome.


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