Have you tried Ubuntu and are disappointed that it's a bit boring? We are happy to inform you that Pop!_OS 21.04 is now available for download.
The beta build of Pop!_OS 21.04 has been released several weeks ago and we were really impressed at the time we tested it. Today, System76 announced that its final, refined stable release is ready for widespread use.
It is based on Ubuntu 21.04, the operating system released by Canonical. As a result, it inherits a newer Linux kernel, new versions of core apps, ongoing security updates, etc. Plus, System76's engineers added their own enhancements, resulting in a new desktop experience called COSMIC (Computer Operating System Main Interface Components).
Pop!_OS 21.04 : Many improvements added
COSMIC, which stands for ‘Computer Operating System Main Interface Components’, is a GNOME-based desktop environment based on GNOME Shell 3.38.
COSMIC desktop features a completely customizable dock, split Activities Overview into Workspaces and Applications views, the ability to open the launcher with the Super key, as well as various trackpad gestures. See COSMIC in action in the video below. There are, of course, many more small improvements in it we can talk about.
Pop!_OS 21.04 ships with a brand-new keyboard launcher
In a sense, Pop!_OS 21.04 is what Ubuntu could - some might argue that it 'should' be: a distro that does not patronise its potential users by fixing its focus on an idealised use case elaborated in a meeting. Rather than forcing a predetermined workflow on users, COSMIC aims to make them more productive on their own terms.
In Pop!_OS 21.04, users can choose how they want their desktop set up: an island dock, a panel dock, or no dock at all.
Download Pop!_OS 21.04
Pop!_OS 21.04 is available for downloading from the System76 website below. The .iso images come in two versions: one for NVIDIA users, and one for everyone else. You should make sure the one you download is the right one.
This distro can be installed on any AMD or Intel system (you do not even need to own a System76 laptop) provided that it meets its modest requirements (2 GB RAM, 16 GB storage, 64-bit processor).
The built-in upgrade tool can be used by existing Pop!_OS 20.10 users to upgrade to the newest version, just like how we would update Ubuntu.