elementary OS often gets called a “Linux distribution.” We see it a bit differently. https://blog.elementary.io/distros-platforms-and-where-we-fit-in/
@elementary what about apps you can't really replace? Like, the two modern major browsers are pretty much impossible to catch up to, and if one wants to do Web comfortably on Elementary, they will install Firefox or Chromium anyway.
(I love Elementary specifically for its holistic approach, by the way, but the question still holds.)
@isagalaev you can always install those apps if you need them. 😉 But a big difference between elementary OS and a traditional “Linux distro” is that it is elementary designing the entire out of the box experience—not a collection of other designs and pieces of software combined into one compilation.
This seems quite in line with these two blogposts made by @tbernard
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