> A curated application repository where things "just work"? Yup, that's Debian. Oh. Wait. Maybe that's just me. For the past 15+ years.
No they don't 'just work'. A very significant amount of manual labor goes into making it work.
And the same work is duplicated by Red hat, by Gentoo, by everybody else shipping a Linux system. It's a massive effort and very significant amount of work that goes on just doing the same thing that already has been done a dozen times for the sake of maintaining minor technical differences.
And if you want to use a application that is not have a few volunteers whose built it and packaged it for your specific configuration then you SOL. You are stuck copying binaries down using a tarball or some other out of band method, or far worse, have to compile something.
Install just 20 of those.. the equivalent in Windows games would be very much easier in Windows (even with only rudimentary package handling tools) and trivial using Android, and you would have a much more massive selection. It bet it will take you a better part of a day to do it.
A significant number of those games won't work. Many of them will require you build things or copy files around manually. Almost none of them will be updated automatically when fixes and newer versions come out.
Nothing here 'just works'.
If all you ever use is Debian packaged software on Debian systems then that's fine, but don't fool yourself into thinking that is good enough for most people. Because it's obviously not. Because if it was good enough for most people then most people would be using it.
At my work we have to package and build most of the software we use. The majority of it is open source or based on open source products. Almost none of it is available using Debian's repositories. In this way there is very little advantage that apt-get would offer us over equivalent tools in Redhat.