I’ve chosen to post this in OT rather than the Other Distros section, because despite my two following links being for a specific distro, it’s not that distro per se that interests me, but rather the underlying philosophy.
Reading through those two articles & gleaning just how comparatively ancient key parts of the distro are, presumably due to being a small team & a large labour needed to “purify” everything, i simply can’t shake the feeling that people who choose to go down this path [not just Stallmanesque Devs but also Stallmanesque users] might be contemporary tech equivalents of hair-shirters & self-flagellants.
I love using Linux for many reasons, principled, pragmatic & aesthetic. However at the end of the day, it has to let me actually DO stuff, & with as little friction as possible. It seems likely to me that to use one of these puritanical distros would imperil or even obstruct that core requirement.
Do any of you here actively use one of these distros? Am i quite incorrect in my interpretation?