Re: System76; Pop!OS is their way of keeping their product stable for mainstream use. They kind of got screwed at one point, in that regard.
When I first became aware of them, I was impressed at the technical specs, the recent developments in their quality improvements, the obvious commitment to their laptop development. Solid machines. I figured since they’re Coreboot, and Ubuntu, the machines should be able to be configured to be Qubes compatible, and ship with Heads installed.
Not compatible with Qubes, no plans to offer a Qubes compatible option, either. I asked about Anti Evil Maid protection, and their answer was actually kind of misleading, until I pressed them on it. I asked if I could pay for a system with Heads installed, and they said they didn’t offer that. I then asked if their system was compatible with Heads if I wanted to do it myself - and was told no.
It was like pulling teeth, trying to get straightforward answers out of these folks, regarding system security capabilities.
Anyway, at the end, they said they understand how Heads implementation could be important, and claimed they were going to start looking at the compatibility issues, to consider offering it.
Sexy, stable products for sure, hard working intelligent people too, but I couldn’t justify putting down my money on something I’d always have to wonder about later.
For me, anti interdiction isn’t a matter of life-or-death. Not for me, personally. It’s an acknowledgement that this technology is far too easily leveraged for ill purposes, whether intentionally compromised or not, and that the personally responsible approach is to secure our systems as best we can. It’s a best practice principle.
In the end, the more demand for the service, the more people use the service, the safer the technology environment becomes.