I’ve been on a GNOME kick for a couple months and noticed something about Solus’ spin that surprised me… It’s using far fewer packages than POP_OS!.
I know I’m comparing two completely different systems here; both with their own goals. However, both are relatively minimalist in their approach with included software. That Ubuntu core I’ve come to love is a wee bit hefty. Even Lubuntu which I lived in for awhile had more packages.
This is not a balanced comparison, both systems are not stock installations. Solus is sporting Steam while POP_OS! is my WordPress development rig. Still I was surprised how much Ubuntu’s core has grown over the years.