I'm going to write a lot more about this in the coming days but the most important takeaway from my first few days of switching my main development machine to Linux (Pop!_OS 18.04)?

I. Do. Not. Miss. The. Mac. One. Bit.

Everything Just Works (tm), including my USB-C-only LG external monitor (which doesn't even work with Laura's older MacBook Pro), Magic Trackpad, etc. And there are things I actually enjoy more about the experience. Never thought I'd be writing this about Linux. Exciting times!

@aral I am curious: how would you compare Pop!_OS against elementary OS?

Yes they have some common software, and yes I've got a strong a preference. But I'm curious what you think.


@alcinnz They're both great initiatives. As far as I can see, Gnome 3 was based on first-principles design and thus is a beautiful example of a simple, usable interface that copies neither macOS nor Windows. That's its biggest draw for me, I can see the design process reflected in the artefact. It has its own culture and conceptual integrity. (That's why it's sad to see a new direction that feels like the undoing of that.)

@aral I guess I keep forgetting how easy it is to look at elementary's dock and "metallic" window theme and assume they're copying Apple.

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