Is there an up to date review of this OS?
The DistroWatch page on Elementary OS has links to several reviews of 5.0 and 5.1, there may be something for you there. The people who maintain that DistroWatch are truly community treasures.
I don’t think so.
It might be good, but the way they demanded donations in the early days put me off it for life.
Isn’t it possible to extend some forgiveness? They are trying to fund their development, and they are doing it with one hand tied in their back by making it open source. That level of polish is hard to reach without some sort of consistent funding.
I would argue that; for what they were going for; it is only fair. I can imagine without donations they saw the death march the project would be on.
Besides, as qqlq said, free as in beer vs free as in speech.
That article seems to confuse free as in beer with free as in speech.