Aside from adding my vote for Mint the best I can offer OP is don't get upset by the passion you see here. It should be an indicator of just how compelling it can become to begin to really own the operation of your own computer. Linux can do that for you if you stick with it and learn it's ways instead of wishing it were windows or trying to make it into free windows
TFB, and others here, have put a lot of blood, sweat and cuss words into developing stickies to help out newcomers and it is just frustrating to see them overlooked. On the flip side, once you start to gain some real expertise in Linux it is really easy to forget just how crippled we are when we first come to Linux from Windows (or Mac) who profit by keeping us weak and dumb and coughing up the cash.
And as for this guy....
Originally Posted by Skripka
The number of competent Linux users willing to run Gentoo or Arch or LFS and get their hands dirty in config files etc--is NOT relevant from a commercial vendor perspective. Like it or not, that is how it is. Most people just want to use their machine without having to study READ-ME.html through Vim or Nano and then edit xorg.conf in order to fix their disply server.
I've gone back to W7 full-time, from being an Arch user full-time, as my hardware is supported. In Linux there's ZERO support for 6000-series Radeon, and even then functions of my mouse don't work...and my nice soundcard has none of the feature I paid for.
It may be true that most people with computers just want web appliances and to remain clueless, but most in this section
want more than that. Most in here want to master their PCs and not be another stupid cash cow for Billy's Boys (let alone that Monkey Boy Ballmer
"like it or not, that is how it is" up in here. So why would you post in here to advertise your failure? (Oooh you read html in a text editor...you musta been Leet!
) You couldn't cut it so you want nobody else to either? Is that it? How is that helpful to anyone but your wounded ego?
The people that stick with a non-mainstream thing that is on a whole other level of power and freedom, learn to choose their hardware carefully. Designers, mechanics and pro dragster drivers don't buy KIa engines and expect them to perform like a Hemi and moan that turbo chargers aren't readily available for them.