What could be better for the average family?
Forget about average family Let's just, for the sake of a very funny argument, consider the audience of software engineers to be able to troubleshoot even the most basic issues.
How many of them, do you think, would be able to quickly solve the linux issue when you loose video out ?
- SSH into the box remotely,
- go through the boot logs in commandline,
- be extremely lucky to find out that X11 config is broken,
- spend four hours on stackoverflow.com going through 17 recommendations,
- only to find out that your distro doesn't have 95% of those tools installed (people commenting from completely different distros (and / or versions), showing you screenshots of the command output, completely ignoring the distro/version you are on),
- so you gotta install the other ones - but you can't at that moment (10 other reasons why this can be broken), so you can only download it on PC,
- then transfer it to AtariBox at which point, you're like : "wait, how do I mount a USB partition again"
- you finally transfer the files, but of course, your AtariBox distro doesn't have the required unpacker (and your PC most probably not either)
- so you go download the unpacker from PC
- you finally unpack and execute the tool
- only to find out the C++ library version conflict (meaning you messed up somewhere up the whole chain or listened to a guy who didn't notice your distro version)
- but a guy on stackoverflow says - "that's easy, you just gotta locally compile the tool from the sourcecodes, there's a makefile right there, just clone the repo from git"
- you go and do that(which, btw, can be identical exercise to this one, depending on what's installed on your distro and your current networking connectivity), only to find out that the tool spits out different information than expected as per the thread
- thus the whole exercise was basically useless and you're where you started
With great power (open system) comes the need for great skills and a much greater dose of patience