Pop!_OS: Creative Linux DistroJun 17, 2021
welcome to another video explaining computers this time we are going to try pop-o-s this is an ubuntu based
linuxdistribution that many of you have been asking me to look into for some time so let's take a closer look here we are on the website of system 76 which is a computer manufacturer that also publishes pop os which they describe as an operating system for
creativeand seasoned professionals who use their computer as a tool to discover and create if we click download you will see everything it is very nicely presented and there are two versions of pop os there is the most recent version which is pop os 2010 which is based on ubuntu 2010 oct 2020 but there is also popos 20.04 lts which is based on ubuntu 20.04 April 2020 and has long-term support until April 2025.
We can also see below the system requirements, we need two gigabytes of memory, 16 gigabytes of space on our disk and the process 64 bit ador and then very helpful for each of the currently available versions of pop we can download one of two iso files, the standard one here but also one with nvidia graphics drivers pre-installed and I think that's a very nice touch which is very useful for people who have an nvidia graphics card in their computer however in this test i am installing on a system with intel integrated graphics so i am going to select popos 2010 and download the standard iso file and there we are , we'll save the thing like this it's a 2.25 gigabyte download and once it's complete I'll run under the red top here we select the iso file there it is and also I already selected a USB drive that I plugged into your laptop we also have that and we'll click in flash and accept the warning from windows to write us a bootable pop os usb drive, now i plugged the usb drive into the ozo cx86j4105 which we are using as our hardware test and if i turn it on i have it set to boot from usb and here we are saying we can try our pop os install so come on see what happens this is my first time trying this is supposed to be a very good installed experience with pop we'll see you and here we are things are happening we need to select a language i'll go for english and i'll go to uk and we'll go to english uk nice graphics on the screen here they are nicely laid out the default keyboard will be fine and now we have three options we have try demo mode we can try it running from a usb drive that wouldn't change anything on your computer that's safe if you just want to experiment with pop os but if you want to install we have a custom install or we have an option here for a clean install delete everything and that's what i'm going to do the system here currently has i think opensuse on the ssd so i replace it we'll launch with a queen install with a pop-o-s so let's see how clean and installed it really will be and there we are we'll select the drive which is nice and simple erase install i like this co Compared to a lot of
linuxsystems and now how can see, it offers us disk encryption, which is the default here in popos.
It's a good safe
distroso I'll run with that. I really like these graphics. I mustn't forget that and we'll set the encryption password and there we are in a very simple way. Pop os has been installed so now we'll reboot the computer and I'll remove my usb drive like this and the system when booted will now ask us to unlock our encrypted drive so hopefully I can remember the password as it seems I can and we've gotten to pop os where we have a few extra things just to go over while we set things up above i select my keyboard layout english uk it's already selected that's ok i'm going to skip wi-fi because we're connected via ethernet location services never turn them on every time zone pick up ok collect accounts online you must be kidding and about me we're just going to put in a username and of course set up a password you don't like it very much but I think you'll be fine and we're done we can start to use pop s and as usual what I'm going to do now is a little bit of configuration to make things read better on video and then I'll come back and take a look s at a glance cheers here we are back in popo s that with its gnome desktop it will be very familiar to anyone who has used ubuntu with for example up here is a menu on the top right giving us access to things like settings, as well as the options to shut down and log out of the computer and then on the top left we have activities if we click on that we get to the dock which is not permanently on the screen as it is by default in ubuntu we get to the point by clicking in activities with the mouse or we can get to activities by pressing the windows key on the keyboard which is known as the super key here in the skin so if I press the windows key for super key we can toggle activities on and off , so let's launch some applications to show how things work we'll launch the top favorite there which is firefox it would give us the world's favorite website and also Who can we launch maybe I don't know or launch the file manager like that little farm manager here in the pop os and maybe we should also launch I don't know let's launch libreofficewriter it seems like we always launch a processor always seems like a good idea and there we are yeah we have a libreofficewriter running so what i have what is shown here is not extraordinary we can do this kind of thing on any operating system these days but i wanted to show you because there are other ways to manage your windows your workflow here on pop os so if we close this I'm going to go up here to this little menu where we can turn on tile windows and nothing seems to happen right away but if I now run Firefox it will appear almost as it did before but it will fill up almost the entire screen. other than the border around the edge and if we don't Launch for example also the file manager we will duplicate what we did before now it will automatically tile on the screen as you can see and if we also launch let's do exactly the same things for a consistent test and there are a few of If you like we'll start a libreoffice writer and you'll again find yourself in the second hopefully on a tile at the bottom of the screen.
If we want to go back to a normal screen, we can hold the super key and press y and go back to that and then go back to the tiles if we want them and want to be clear about which of these windows has the focus. There is a control for that. Go back to the menu. You can see we have a program. active hint option we turn it on then the active window has a little orange border although as you probably saw in the menu you can change the color if you want and you can also change the spacing between the windows let's just try to get this to work interactively in real time everything here seems to be ver and very well implemented in pop os and just to demonstrate that for example let's turn off the file manager there close it and again the space is reallocated automatically everything is very fluid we can move between applications obviously doing click between them we also have the standard alt tab functionality if we want to use it but on top of that we also have a launcher if i use super and forward slash the launcher comes up and you can see we can move between apps using the arrow keys and, of course here in the launcher we can launch applications that's why it's a launcher we could do for example a pound abramo s libreoffice calc and libreoffice writer and it will appear in another title that being said I'm sure some of you are thinking you guys are going to run out of screen status tile windows like this pretty quickly and you are and I must admit I personally wouldn't run a tile window set up like this but there are other things you can do for example we can see the stacker so if I go up here to this window and press super and it gives you a little tab on top and it's clearer to see what's going on if we go down to another window and i use super and enter and then the arrow key to put those two together on the same stack so we have two windows there working in tabs in what they call a stack we might as well put libreoffice writer in there if we wanted to super and go back into the cross arrow this time like that and again we have them all working in the same window so that's just another way of handling sales nas and the workflow here in pop os and as you probably gathered here in pop os using the keyboard is a big thing and I like that I like the ability to do things with keyboard shortcuts and if you want to know what they all are the keyboard shortcuts you can download to see all here another window will open and here we can see all the keyboard shortcuts that we can use in what they call the pop shell something more than very well implemented here in popos is the installer of graphical applications and it is sitting here on the dock look it's called pop shop so let's roll it up and what pop shop does is combine the deb and flat pack software libraries into a single installer instead of relying on Snap and the ubuntu repositories for those who are not familiar with linux this simply means we have a lot of options when we are installing software it is all nicely laid out in categories here or you can search for apps using the search box and linux e xexperienced. users it just means we have a little more choice when installing apps because in many cases let's take this as an example you'll find we have deb and flat pack options available in the installer so let's install something here on pop buy what we should go for the gnu image manipulation program there we're going to be sitting there we should have it on the system right, there we are we'll just click install for and there we are it's done so we'll close the pop store and hopefully we'll find if the world is with us what should really be on the system now there it is so we'll run it always good to see the load on the system instead of maxing it out what's that super m? there we are and now we'll also be equipped for a lot of cool image manipulation now while pop os has some fantastic features there are also some more obviously notable admissions to windows in pop os we have a control to close the window but we don't have controls to maximize or minimize a window and there is a keyboard shortcut for maximization which is super m which changes as well as you can see but there is no keyboard shortcut for minimizing and i could say no problem go to the top of the window and right click and minimize like this which is fine it works except it doesn't work for a program like firefox where if you right click the top of the window you get the program itself the menu control menu is not a window control menu and as far as I can see there is no means to minimize a program like firefox in pop os and I'm sure some some people are writing in the comments it's not a problem chris you can install gnome extensions to put back the controls that have been removed but you really shouldn't have to put back such basic controls no this is an operating system that is so well thought out in other aspects another thing i have a problem with here is the width of the scrollbars in pop os it is true this is not just a pop os problem but the scrollbars here are very tricky to use and this should really be fixable it should be possible to go to settings here and go to accessibility and there should be a setting here to change the width of a scrollbar and there isn't and yet in a
distrolike linux mint there is a scroll bar width setting and it is very useful in fact i will also note that in this video i have been using a very small mouse pointer on the screen and that is weird because the cursor size here is set to as large as possible except it doesn't matter what cursor size you select in pop os because you always get a small one one last thing I would point out is under appearance and under appearance like that in pop os we have very little to control we have light and dark which is great but unlike ubuntu you don't have a toggle to automatically hide the dock or indeed have the dock permanently on screen and this is a bit weird because it means than in popup os to launch a program you have to open activities with mouse or super key and then select your program there and of course sometimes you have to go to show all apps and then sometimes even inside a folder and start an app like that and the implication of this is that it takes more mouse clicks or keyboard shortcuts to start an app in popos but it does in others Linux distributions and this is very strange for a Stem OS that has a strong focus on workflow optimization.
Popos is one of those Linux distros that has an almost cult following and after testing it for a fewdays to make this video, I can understand why popos has a very distinctive a. Very good looking and workflow tools. I'm sure it's something many users will find very useful. In fact, this said that I am not one of those users. I like running apps full screen and switching between them without tabs, so I don't. like all that tile stuff going on and so for me the go to linux distro will still be linux mint with ubuntu in a close second. that's all for another video if you've enjoyed what you've seen here please hit the like button if you haven't subscribed please subscribe and I hope to talk to you again very soon.
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