There is no doubt that POP_OS is getting a lot of attention. They certainly have put a lot of polish on Ubuntu… but keep in mind that Ubuntu was never that bad to begin with. The problem with free software is that you are coerced to whatever terms and conditions the authors decide. And considering the cost and effort that it takes to build not one but a dozen distros and associated libraries and infrastructure. Then there is the management of the salaried employees and contractors… It’s not a mess, just thankless when not compensated.
Ubuntu has tried to develop services like a cloud drive and has recently tried cloud based edge computing and then there is the service and support. But the challenge is understanding, like facebook, what is it I’m giving up in order to get the OS for free. BTW the same thing can be said of Fedora and CentOS. CentOS is a little more concerning because that’s considered enterprise and any sort of phone home component would be troublesome.
A recent OpenBSD post made the comment, don’t just copy/paste the configuration
When I writing commercial software DOS and even early Windows were things “we” could reason about. Modern *nix operating systems are more capable and far more difficult to reason. Now if you have to add elements like VMware or worse OpenStack then there always some handwaving. I particularly like the CTO that embrases a technology because the circles are talking about it rather than actually using it.
I used Rancher when it was a docker agent and then later when it went full kubernetes. k3s and some of those related tools do look interesting. The most compeling argument is the ability to add resources to a cluster and let the system self organize. Unfortunately there are so many problems with this approach.
So while this started as a conversation about POP_OS it’s become something else altogether. I like POP_OS, I have several installations in my lab including one laptop and one desktop. As far as system76 goes I wish they had a well priced entry level system that might run OpenBSD or maybe some other OS and not limited to Linux certified.