Continuing the discussion from WiFi adapter not found:
I totally understand why Purism can’t and shouldn’t have instructions in its official documentation about how to install proprietary software, but there needs to be a place where people can find this info. What I see is that a lot of people are trying to install PureOS and not being able to figure out how to do it, so they give up, and go install Mint or some other distro.
My personal feeling is that Purism loses everytime someone can’t install PureOS on their machine, because that person would have used a system that was 99.9% free (except for some proprietary firmware/drivers). Explaining how to install the proprietary bit makes that person aware exactly what is proprietary in her system, so she is more likely to make sure that her next PC purchase will be able to run on 100% free software, and a Librem 14/15/Mini is likely to be top on her list.
Over the last month, PureOS has been number 51 on DistroWatch’s Page Hit Ranking whereas Pop_OS! has been number 3. I want PureOS to be ranked much higher, because it is the top rated distro that is endorsed by the FSF and I want people to take the FSF’s message seriously.
I used to maintain a MediaWiki installation for the open source company where I previously worked. I don’t know that it was any harder to maintain than other wiki software, but MediaWiki has a cumbersome format for wiki writers. In MediaWiki, you have to write
'''''text''''' to put something in bold and italics, which always seemed odd to me.
I personally like Markdown’s format much better, which is why GitLab’s wiki is nice. What I don’t like about GitLab’s wiki is that you have to edit the entire page and can’t just edit a section of the page.
The advantage of MediaWiki is that it makes it really easy to revert the changes made by spammers. The spammers have created automated scripts to attack any MediaWiki installation. I was never able to stop the spammers with CAPTCHAs, so I ended up manually approving all new users who registered to be able to edit the wiki. I don’t know if the situation is any better with the other wiki software.