Well, it's ok if you want to stick your fingers in your ears and yell tra-la-la for a solution that's exactly that - a drop in setup that enables docker daemon and docker CLI with the exact same behaviour but removing the UI management part (which is behind the paywall).
No need to try to explain what minikube actually is (no, it's not a distribution of k8s, it's just a way to run k8s locally but shockingly it's quite more than just that), since you don't actually care about a solution.
Ok, you're right. Keep believing there's no way.