"Fedora 29 released! Get it now."
*giant blog post appear, most people don't even bother from this point onwards*
"So go to getfedora.org and download it now"
*eternal cycle intensifies because you didn't scroll a bit on the page, expecting the "get it now" link to be the download one*
OpenSuse isn't much better, it shows no buttons by default and doesn't explain why you should choose either Tumbleweed or Leap. elementary OS is the most straightforward but it doesn't make it superobvious that it can be downloaded for free. Linux Mint doesn't tell you outright what "LMDE" is, and then it makes you choose between 32 and 64 bit versions of Cinnamon, MATE and XFCE (at least it hints at Cinnamon 64 as default). Manjaro has a bit weird tutorial page which even made me feel lost.
The only big "drunk-oriented distros" that seem to meet the basic job of letting people download the thing are, in best-to-worse order, Debian, elementary OS and Ubuntu. Everyone else (I can think of) sucks at it. If we then take into account installers, then Debian is out as well, although that should change in version 10.
@espectalll can’t say I fully agree with you on openSUSE’s site as yes, before it used to be abysmal to navigate and nothing made logical sense but these days it’s pretty straight forward with 2 giant buttons letting you choose on hover, tho yea they could work on the descriptions for sure. Everything else you’re spot on.
@machete_Badger the difference between Tumbleweed and Leap is critical for newbies. Make one of them stand out over the other at least.
@espectalll I’d argue that openSUSE is not exactly a newbie distro and is rarely brought up in those conversations. Most people by then would understand the difference of having an extremely stable system over a bleeding edge one but both have their respective immutable procedures if push comes to shove, like rollback and OBS tested packages. I do see what you’re saying tho
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