• Pop!_Planet is still very much under development. Data for the wiki is being sourced from the Arch Linux and Ubuntu wikis, along with a bunch of completely unique content specific to Pop!_OS, and sourcing, converting and updating that content takes time; please be patient. If you can't find what you're looking for here, check the Arch Linux and Ubuntu wikis.
  • Welcome!

    I'll get straight to the point.

    When I started Pop!_Planet, I launched it because I saw a need for a centralized community for Pop!_OS. To be frank, I never expected the level of popularity it has achieved. Over the last year, we have gone from under 50 users, to almost 400 users. That's awesome! However... it also comes with a downside. We are rapidly running out of disk space on our server, and the bandwidth costs go up every month.

    Pop!_Planet is not affiliated with System76 in any way, and is funded completely out of pocket. From day one, I said that I'd never use on-site ads (I hate them as much as you do), so the only monetization we get is through donations. Right now, the donations we receive don't even cover our overhead.

    I know that most users will ignore this message, and that's ok. However, if even a few of our users are willing and able to donate a few dollars to help offset our expenses, it would be greatly appreciated.

    Support Pop!_Planet

    Thank you for your time,

    Dan Griffiths
    Pop!_Planet Founder

Overdue introduction


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Jan 25, 2021
Back in January I decided that enough was enough. Big Tech embodied everything I despised. I had a phone which sold my data, contained apps that made me unhappy and piped me endless ads for things I didn't need. In my old career I was forced to use the adobe extortion suite, peddled by professionals who couldn't be bothered to even give a second glance to FOSS alternatives. I built a decently speced PC, however the user experience of Windows was so bad I had unknowingly become so apathetic to doing anything on it, even install games. It just became a screen for me to load whatever drivel was on YT and allow my mind to vegetate after another horrible day at work.

Even though in my old job I was clocking 12+ hours in front of a screen daily I wouldn't say I was actually that tech savvy (says something about the degree course I went on!). My intentions for my own machine were mostly web browsing, a few games and bit of Blender if it took my fancy. I settled on Pop simply because I heard it had great out of the box support for Nvidia GPU's (GTX 1070 here), I just wanted something that worked. However using the live environment is what really opened my eyes. An afternoon spent just messing around with the terminal installing updates and things like cmatrix not only convinced me to just go ahead and make Pop my main OS but rekindled the enjoyment of Computing again. When it came to installing the OS, I bought a new SSD specifically for Pop and actually felt giddy using cfdisk to format the drive.

10 Months Later I can say it's been a great success. System is completely stable. It's been a real paradigm shift learning about FOSS alternatives and all the privacy options that come along with them. I recently even went on to de-googling my phone (Lineage OS). I can't see myself ever going back and it all really started with installing Pop.
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