At the risk of detonating a forever thread, is it at all feasible to settle on one distro to become the defacto Linux desktop? I’ve seen postings that blame the inability of Linux to sweep the world and become the dominant desktop on the continual inter-distro bickering. Yes, freedom of choice is the named advantage of Linux, but maintaining choice for its own sake seems secondary to ease of use and compatibility. It’s hard to displace a cannon like Windows with a hundred or a thousand tiny popguns.
My readings of the threads on this topic reveal that some distro in the Debian extended family would be the most logical, most easily implemented Universal Linux–Mint surfaces most in these threads. The computing world seems loaded with XP/Win7/Win10 users who are ripe to change, but the path is too muddled and off-putting. The Year of Linux might be achievable if we all can settle on one entry path for all newcomers.
After all, 95% of the users in the world need email, facebook, amazon, and streaming, and very little more. Chromebooks generally satisfy that giant slice of the market. The participants of this forum, being more knowledgeable, can’t agree on much, but a utility distro, usable on any machine made in this century, could challenge Chromebooks, Apple, and Windows pretty easily if it were marketed.