I just finished listening to What Would Google Do? It was okay. I think the book was really about what Jeff Jarvis would do. For instance, he argued very strongly for some things that he admitted Google doesn't do. In general, I think he gets a lot of stuff right, but he also overstates some things, and he even gets some things wrong. If you really want to understand Google's ethos, I think In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives is more on target.
I decided to give Ubuntu 20.04 a try on my 2015 15" MacBook Pro. I didn't actually install it; I just live booted from a USB thumb drive which was enough to try out everything I wanted. In summary, it's not perfect, and issues with my camera would prevent me from switching, but given the right hardware, I think it's a really viable option. The first thing I wanted to try was what would happen if I plugged in a non-HiDPI screen given that my laptop has a HiDPI screen. Without sub-pixel scaling, whatever scale rate I picked for one screen would apply to the other. However, once I turned on sub-pixel scaling, I was able to pick different scale rates for the internal and external displays. That looked ok. I tried plugging in and unplugging multiple times, and it didn't crash. I doubt it'd work with my Thunderbolt display at work, but it worked fine for my HDMI displays at home. I even plugged it into my TV, and it stuck to the 100% scaling I picked for the othe