Finally the Linux YouTubers start to discover this fine little distro. Which is good on one hand, while on the other you just wanna hit the reviewer – in this case the DistroTube YT Channel – over the head for their blindness and ignorance and giving out wrong informations. Anyway, better than no coverage at all. So here we go:
All in all a kinda fair review on Namib, even though that guy installed an outdated ISO version and he did it, like almost all Toobers, on a virtual machine, which doesn’t even come close to real world performance of the various Linuxes they test and review.
And hey, when he asks at the end about the sense of yet another Arch Linux distro with the Mate desktop, when there are many others doing already the same it seems like a legit question. Let me try to answer it here:
There is a lot to be said in favour of uncluttered, monofocussed distros who stick to one thing they can do very well, rather than branching out into lots of stuff and aimless activities they don’t do very good. Yes, looking at you, Manjaro and Antergos. Like SWAGArch did with Xfce, so does Namib GNU/Linux with Mate, giving us a perfectly integrated desktop. This is what makes it so much better than, for example, Manjaro where the Mate maintainer once disapeared from the face of the planet and we stupid little users were left in the dark and had to watch helplessly how our systems started to falling apart in an ever accelerating cascade of fails. In Namib on the other hand I always feel as good and save as anyone on a rolling distribution can fell save at all. Up to now already two months without any major incident … *knock on wood*
Well, I guess if the DistroTube guy would’ve taken a little bit more time for reading up and maybe contacted Frederic2ec personally he wouldn’t have looked so stupid during the video and could’ve made a really interesting and helpful edutaining video.
Yes, I know the good Frederic2ec was maybe a bit too fast and hectic to announce a bunch of flavours for Namib, which aren’t available yet and leaving downloadable but outdated ISO versions online. Still I guess one single look at the site should be enough to ensure you of the facts that Mate is the only available desktop and 18.02 the most recent and fresh version. You’ve gotta be rather sloppy to tell your audiences about Namib’s availabilty with KDE, Gnome and Xfce desktops … and then go ahead and download and install the 17.08 version. 😮