Without a doubt. From the list of applications they do point out, it seems the reviewer never unchecked the Featured Applications box.
This problem has been mentioned at length on this forum before. HaikuDepot just isn’t good at promoting the applications that people need or want to see. It promotes those built for Haiku, sure, but to find familiar software that’s been ported to Haiku one has to go digging through the Depot or know to search for it by name.
Coming from a Linux website, I’m not surprised. They’re used to full-featured software apps that show everything from the start, in neat categories easily viewable in the design language of today (big buttons, colorful icons, with descriptive pages behind those) that resemble the app stores everyone is carrying around in their pockets. The Depot looks more like a database app, not an app store. It might sort entries well, but it doesn’t present them in a way that speaks to modern users.
Unfortunately, that sort of review is going to happen again because there’s such thing as doing something TOO differently, and Haiku has yet to find a good balance between the BeOS nostalgia and modern design philosophies to suit most new user types. But then, that’s not the goal for R1. Perhaps R2 will take these sorts of reviews into mind and use them as constructive criticism.