Devuan should be mentioned as a systemd-free alternative to Debian the same way Parabola is an libre alternative to Arch.
Must be not some fork over politics or other related nonsense.
I guess that rules out literally every FSF-endorsed distro (Trisquel, Parabola) and many distros without Systemd (Devuan, Artix Linux).
I do like the idea of having two categories, Desktop and Advanced, but Ubuntu is not a good distro to recommend with all it’s spyware, and Manjaro offers nothing except a graphical installer for Arch (something Artix has plus the fact that it doesn’t use Systemd). Fedora and OpenSUSE are probably good choices for normal people. It’s sad that some “experts” are advertising that you don’t need to know commands to use Linux and that you’ll never have to touch the terminal. This is false! Most of the help users receive will require them to use a terminal to enter commands, and for this reason users should be expected to know some basic commands such as “sudo apt update” or “sudo apt install firefox-chromium”. Debian is a good distribution for beginners and so is Devuan, the latter being a bit harder because more packages are requiring systemd. OpenVPN is difficult to use and setting up UFW as a killswitch is very frustrating. When I tried to use Mullvad’s VPN app, it would not work on any distro without systemd (or at least the ones I tried, Devuan and Artix), so I assume it’s a systemd problem.
Debian, Devuan, and Fedora are probably good choices for normal people with Fedora being the easiest to setup and install and the best for users who need newer software. I personally wouldn’t use Fedora since it’s controlled by a big corpo and it’s updates work similar to windows (as in you can’t work while it’s updating, it may have changed now but this is what I remembered when I tried the distro).
Arch Linux, Artix Linux, and Gentoo are probably the best choices for advanced users with specific needs. Artix is the easiest to install since some ISOs come with a graphical installer (if someone wants systemd + graphical installer, ArchLabs has the best installer), so I think it would be a good choice for users who want a rolling release distro. Gentoo being a source-based distro should be given an additional warning. I tried installing it once and I didn’t even get past the first part.
Trisquel and Parabola are FSF-endorsed distros which from what I’ve heard could make them impossible to install on most hardware (Debian is difficult to install if you don’t have the firmware).
Most importantly, Linux is not Windows or Mac, and users should know that. This isn’t an install and forget kind of thing. Users will need to learn how to use linux, how to upgrade, and what to do when things go wrong. Anyone can learn how to use Debian or Arch, and Privacytools.io should provide links to some resources on learning Linux. Gentoo is very difficult so it should be worth mentioning as an advanced distro that is not recommended for normal people, but for the experts who actually spent years learning linux and have specific needs, or for people who want to learn all about linux (in which case they can install Gentoo inside Virtualbox). If the OS section is updated, they should focus not only on which distros are good for users, but how they can get started with linux (try a VM before install? what to know? distro documentation? linux vs windows comparison), because a list of distros and nothing else is not very helpful.