I can see why installers don’t have blistering new kernels. Sometimes it better the devil you know, than cutting edge/bleeding edge/over the edge software.
A trade off between latest everything, and something that’s stable and battle tested… lucky in nix/OS you can get the best of both worlds once your system is up and running.
With new hardware , it’s a case of reverse engineering much of the hardware and device drivers… . What surprises me that any linux works so well, even when faced with developers coding in the dark and having to reverse engineer windows drivers… ,Hardware manufactures invest time and money in windows drivers exclusively , leaving linux and other operating systems as second class citizens…
but it does work…somehow…with a lot of sweat and talent. Using Nixos has taught me where all this ‘software’ comes from and i’m just completely impressed by the ‘community effort’. You ever thought where a certain subsystem comes from, and who’s behind it… . the answer is just a nix edit away!
Lets hope Risc V and more open hardware saves us… !
Buy hardware from vendors that actually want to support linux as a first class citizen and have open designs/documentation.
Good luck, I hope you ‘Nixify’ this snazzy new piece of hardware!