I like the term “Home Assistant Complete” for the former HassOS packaging of HA.
I think the thing to remember (and successfully convey and document for the new user) is that the System as a whole, the marketing term, the thing-you-want, is Home Assistant. You can install in it in 1 of 4 “modes” that will give the end-user various options/benefits depending on the method chosen.
That’s how I explain it to friends (why does it sound like an infomercial???):
Friend: “Hey Terry, what are you running for home automation? It’s cool.”
Me: “I run Home Assistant”
Friend: “How’d you install it? Is it hard to install?”
Me: “You can install it several different ways, depending on your skill level and comfort in tinkering with stuff. I installed mine on a 2012 Mac Mini, thats running Ubuntu Linux. My install is called “Supervised” and lives in docker along with a supervisor container that manages it all and lets me easily use some cool add-ons.”
Friend: “That sounds neat, but I don’t really understand Linux and Docker. You know I’m a Windows man.”
Me: “Don’t remind me… In that case, use the [complete, Home Assistant, HASSOS] install method. It hides all of the complexity in installation and management. You just need a RPi and microSD or Intel NUC to get started.”
(Shouting intentional) THANKS FOR KEEPING THE SUPERVISED OPTION AROUND! YOU GUYS KICK ASS!!