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Monday, March 05, 2018

Pop!_ OS

Pop!_OS  is pretty much a re-branded Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark. Unlike Ubuntu, Pop!_OS comes in two different versions, one for Intel /AMD graphics chipsets, and those with Nvidia graphics chipsets. Nvidia download AUTOMATICALLY downloads the Nivida drivers onto your system so your Nvidia graphics card should work right out of the box. It does not get more seamless than that. I tried both of these options and in my use case both worked perfectly.  The Intel/AMD image is 1.75GB and the NVIDIA image is 1.91GB. 

You won't find Ubuntu Dock on the desktop. It uses the default Gnome application menu. There are no games, photo managers, music managers or graphics programs preinstalled, but you can install more software later via Pop! Shop. 

The next Pop!_ OS will be based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. This gives the System 76  team a modern yet solid foundation on which to build. It also means Pop!_OS  will get critical security fixes until 2023.

* (From System 76 ) NVIDIA ISO Notes: Installs the proprietary NVIDIA driver. Does not work with Optimus; use the Intel/AMD download. Cannot be used on Secure Boot systems. Disable Secure Boot or use the Intel/AMD download.


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