Continue reading...Despite the name, a sophisticated, stable Linux distribution like Pop!_OS doesn’t just “pop” into existence. Traditionally many distros begin life when someone forks an existing project and tweaks the functionality to suit themselves. Other people might appreciate the differing feature set, and violà, a distro is born. If enough people contribute it will grow and mature. Most often the process of growth is time-consuming and complicated, and unless considerable funding and manpower is invested, it may take years or decades to really come of age. Although Pop!_OS shares a legacy with Ubuntu and, in turn, Debian it also has many new facets that have made it what it is today in little more than two years.
The urgency and circumstance that prompted Pop!_OS into life are almost unique among the hundreds of existing distributions. Ubuntu with the Unity desktop used to be the default operating system for System76 machines until the...
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