For me dealing with linux is pretty simple. It does all the things I need it to besides game well. Other than that though, check email, browse the web, IM, type papers, play music. Thats all I pretty much do. For me linux seems to all that pretty well. I also like some of the smaller things is can do, main little add-on with in Gnome. Like the weather feature on the panel, search(beagle) panel applet, dictionary panel applet, are all things I fine myself using. Things like that aren't in as easy a convenience in windows. I know you could probably find some applets and add-on things, but extra windows add-on features like that always seemed to slow down windows, and then nice thing with gnome is its already included.
Linux is fast and it stays that way for me and thats more than want windows seems to be able to do. Thats why I think Linux/Unix is better than windows. I know not everyone thinks that way and that is fine. Its all in what your doing with the OS. They're all good in their own way/their own area of computing.
I'm not say there limited to those areas but thats where they seem to be most popular. Linux really isn't aimed at the home user/desktop yet, their trying and thats one of the reasons why Ubuntu is so big. Its easy to setup and does what a home user wants easily, Internet, email, IM, and now its just lacking games.
All that was kind of off topic but yeah oh well. A quote they say about Unix: Unix is user friendly, it's just choosy about who its friends are.
Linux just does what I want out of an OS, so I don't really feel like I'm "having to deal with it".