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That makes total sense, I hadn't considered that. I have always had an amateur interest in Linux, so it's definitely outside my wheelhouse. As I said, the chaos was always a bit much for me. I've used it on desktop, from time to time, but was never able to commit, for various reasons. I appreciate Linux for what it is, but for desktop purposes, it seemed like an attempt to replicate Windows with "democracy" but not the compatibility aspect.Hector’s philosophy, at least at the start, was that upstreaming ensures that the work his own done properly with an eye towards maintaining the code long term. A lot of Linux developers actually followed your logic but then never did the upstreaming and as the code bases grew more disparate basically made it so you had an incompatibility problem and just general mess leading to user frustrations. That’s why Hector is still trying to upstream as much as possible and work with various other developers to get their stuff on board. It’s actually a crucial of “Just Works” when it comes to Linux. It’s just costing him more of his sanity than I think he had anticipated.
It's great for many uses, but I don't think the traditional desktop is one of them. My main interest in Asahi Linux is as a supplementary operating system, to dual-boot with macOS, mainly for Proton support. (Although, it's still fun to play around with the latest in Linux land.) That being said, you'd think that everyone in the Linux community would want Apple Silicon Macs supporting Linux, rather than deriding it for tribal or ideological reasons.