Ubuntu has done an exceptional job on this X.10 interim release, the new 20.10 ‘Groovy Gorilla‘ interim release, i.e. normally I will only seriously test their LTS versions since I prefer Stability over ‘Bleeding Edge‘. However, this 20.10 is ‘Rock Solid‘ ‘n Stable!

Welcome to Pop!_OS:

Pop!_OS is an operating system for STEM and creative professionals who use their computer as a tool to discover and create. Unleash your potential on secure, reliable open source software. Based on your exceptional curiosity, we sense you have a lot of it.

Pop!_OS is apparently geared towards professions, but I’m finding it to also be a great Desktop OS for Home users…well, other than the annoying “Authenticate” popups prompting for that ‘Pesky Passwords’ stuff over ‘n over again. I can see the need for professionals wanting password protection, but home users on their *OWN* computers should at least be given the option to opt out of it.

Ubuntu-based with GNOME ‘n the Synaptic Package Manager gives this Distro some great customizing ability…how about some GNOME Shell Extensions like Dash to Panel:

Oh, Pop!_OS offers the pop-os_20.10_amd64_nvidia_1 iso for those with a discrete NVIDIA graphics card, and the Nvidia driver gets installed during the original installation process. Seems more ‘n more Linux Distros are starting to install the correct Nvidia driver during the installation…FINALLY!!! Since Pop! is Ubuntu-based, my Pantum printer was easily installed, as seen in the above pic. Only thing I didn’t like about the Dash to Panel look, was that I couldn’t get Arc Menu to work, and had to settle for the KShutdown button (far left on panel). However, the Pop!_Shop GUI software app had Synaptic Package Manager, which I love for its ability to easily add the Cinnamon DE:

Rebooted, then at the login Welcome screen I checked the Cinnamon DE before logging in, and now have the Cinnamon DE:

Oh yeah! Even the screenshot pics come out better, it seems (??). Gotta love ‘Dat Cinnamon DE!! Anyway, Pop!_OS was working so great, that humble me had to do some adjusting to the Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros page…i.e. I needed to get Pop!_OS into the Top 10!

Since its been so difficult to find Stable Fulltime Root User Linux Distros, I decided to temporarily move spots 4 ‘n 5 into the Password Dependent Distro section, which is now below the Top 3 in the Stable Fulltime Root User section. At some point, since Ubuntu-based Distros are *ALL* becoming so Stable ‘n Reliable (both the LTS ‘n X.10 interim release versions) I may just incorporate that entire group into one Ubuntu-based Distros spot. Basically, there are some Great Linux Distros that I need to make room for in the Top 10.

Have now moved Windowsfx/Linuxfx to the #5 spot, and will add Pop!_OS into the #6 spot.

Great job by the Pop!_OS ‘n Ubuntu Developers!!!

Rule of Thumb – if you can’t install Ubuntu on it, then you can’t install any Linux Distro on it.