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System76 Unveils COSMIC as Their GNOME-Based Desktop Environment for Pop!_OS Linux

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System76 are well known for their Linux-powered laptops and desktops, but they’re also famous for Pop!_OS Linux, the company’s in-house built Ubuntu-based distribution that ships pre-installed on all of their computers.

Until now, Pop!_OS Linux featured the GNOME desktop environment, with various customizations and improvements from System76. But this is about to change with the next major release of their distribution, Pop!_OS Linux 21.04, due out in June 2021.

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Pop!_OS Linux Introduces a GNOME-based ‘COSMIC’ Desktop

  • Pop!_OS Linux Introduces a GNOME-based ‘COSMIC’ Desktop Environment

    Pop!_OS has been my daily driver until I recently switched to Linux Mint to experience Cinnamon.

    If you have used Pop!_OS by System76, you probably know that it is based on Ubuntu releases with LTS and non-LTS editions.

    While I always believed that Pop!_OS does a few things better than Ubuntu, they also announced that they are crafting a separate Desktop Environment ‘COSMIC‘ based on GNOME.

There's no place like GNOME: System 76 introduces COSMIC

  • There's no place like GNOME: System 76 introduces COSMIC desktop GUI for its Pop!_OS Linux

    System76, a US company which markets laptops, PCs and servers running Linux, is developing a new GNOME-based desktop GUI called COSMIC for its Pop!_OS distribution.

    System76 has its own Linux distribution, called Pop!_OS, which is based on Ubuntu, though with a customised installer and drive encryption by default. The company said it is now developing COSMIC (Computer Operating System Main Interface Components) in time for the next release of Pop!_OS in June. This will be called version 21.04, based on the Ubuntu 21.04 release expected later this month.

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    "The split views allow you to access the application picker in a single click," said the post about COSMIC.

    There is also a change to the behaviour of the Super key (another name for the Windows key on PC keyboards), which will now activate the application launcher by default.

GitHub still an issue

  • System76’s COSMIC Desktop Coming in June [Ed: System76 needs to delete GitHub to avoid the perception it’s boosting Microsoft monopoly and proprietary software (people buy their hardware for the opposite goal)]

    Denver-based System76 has announced preliminary details of their upcoming COSMIC desktop environment, which will arrive in the June 2021 release of Pop!_OS 21.04.

    According to the blog post, System76 will provide “a honed desktop user experience in Pop!_OS through our GNOME-based desktop environment: COSMIC.” The design has been refined through extensive testing and user feedback, resulting in greater ease of use and efficiency.

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