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After using Xonsh and PowerShell, I'd be pretty happy if a Linux distribution did break from the pack and ship a radical alternative as the default, with a legacy bash installation as you describe.

Incremental changes probably won't spread uniformly - when Ubuntu switched to dash, the Fedora developers explicitly decided that they would not ship dash and would continue with bash, because they have to maintain total compatibility.

In discussions of the new PowerShell release I've seen quite a few comments that boil down to "PowerShell is fine for Windows, but we don't need it on Linux", and I feel that, yeah, we do need a much better shell because what we have is nowhere near the best that can be done. Everybody that's used *NIX for a long period of time has to adapt to the classic shell way of doing things, but we shouldn't be pushing this mess on the next generation.

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