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Some distributions gain a small, yet quite vocal fan following for reasons users tend to barely address or explain in such a way that makes those interested feel... quite stupid about themselves. NixOS is described as “a Linux distribution with a special approach to package and configuration management”, meaning its sole selling point is its unique package management called Nix and thus largely aimed at developers. Still, even more specialized distributions with the look-and-feel of a regular Desktop distribution for personal usage should be able to handle passive users just wanting to browse the web.

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It is more than fair to criticize Google and its services for violating data privacy en masse and it is also fair to mock Apple Maps for plain wrong entries, so it might come as a surprise to those using the free “alternative”, OpenStreetMaps (OSM), is a confusing a badly-maintained mess.

OSM behaves similar to Wikipedia, though with two significant differences:

  1. OSM is more open to primary (local) sources,
  2. OSM isn't actually meant to be an alternative to Google Maps and avoids standardization.

The latter is the most important point, which explains the lack of adaptation among sole users and those wanting to contribute to it. Especially smaller villages will take the short end of the stick, should interested inhabitants decide to contribute themselves.

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Last year, I published a brief review of the Arch-based distribution Archcraft on Medium. Shortly afterwards, its sole developer released a new version dubbed “New Archcraft”, which would break with all previous releases and thus require a fresh install. At that time, I was unaware how deep some issues of the original Archcraft ran, as I currently am finding out.

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Cassidy James announced his resignation from the entire project in a blog post on 1st of April, 2022, after internal disputes with Danielle Foré. Internal conflicts did not spare the distribution from significant regressions with the release of elementary OS 6 “Odin”.

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This is more of an indirect response to IBM's leaked internal emails, in which “dinobabies” – employees above the age of 40 – are considered “a threat” to the company's economic future, yet applies to any situation involving the mention of this phrase.

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The Major Linux Problems on the Desktop... or sort of

It should not be surprising to easily come across an article written by a longterm user about the apparent failure of Linux for Desktop PC's, so it is somewhat of a breath of fresh air to find someone going out of their way to make a list of the shortcomings of both Windows AND Linux. Still, comparing both operating systems to each other is, at least from a technical standpoint, a rather difficult task, which did not prevent Artem S. Tashkinov from doing it anyway. In his text Major Linux Problems on the Desktop, Tashkinov provides a detailed list of the potential negative aspects of the kernel and major projects associated with it. Potential, as some points can be interpreted as mere subjective preferences or appear to be plain wrong conclusions, which can already be encountered in the preface.

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