I like to keep my channel upbeat. There is enough negative trolling going around to fill the internet for the next 10,000 years so why add to it. So doing a review on a distribution where likely hundreds of volunteers dedicate their time to make something special and then have some Youtuber dumping all over it is certainly not ideal. Still, as someone who truly loves Linux and the community I think its important to be realistic. The worse thing I could do is just focus on the good and potentially lead someone to installing an OS as their first Linux experience only to be completely turned off by the lack of polish.
SparkyLinux isn’t all bad. In fact, there is a lot of good under the hood. However, you will quickly become distracted by all the parts that just don’t seem well paired together. Perhaps the issue is having too many desktop environment options and that has left them with lots of compatibility but no real customer experience. LXQt felt like I took a time machine back to the 90’s and KDE while gorgeous just didn’t have the same elegance that it shows in Manjaro. Aptus was a really great idea but since the features I wanted to use didn’t work it was again a let down.
I actually cut my teeth on Debian based distros and I think there could be something really great here if the team takes my feedback to heart and adds some much needed user experience shine. If they can pull that off this will be a distro that people will be installing in mass.
Believe me when I tell you that I really wanted to like this distro. I will give it a shot again in the future and I hope they continue making advancements as there is something special hidden beneath the dirt.