One concern I do have is the amount of posts that are placed for problems regarding Linux, or is this due to people changing?
LOL! If you only knew! The reason you see so many people posting about difficulties installing Linux is because you're *allowed* to see all the problems! Other operating systems are even harder. Macintosh comes installed on the machine at the factory. You're never allowed to see the process. Microsoft usually comes on the box when you buy it. As one who has installed Windows from the CD, I guarantee you it's even *worse* than Linux. I currently have hardware on my dual-boot machine which Linux recognized instantly (just as if it were "plug-n-play"!) while Windows *still* gives me a "new-hardware-detected...what-is-this-thing-anyway"? dialog every time I start it...even after installing the special drivers supplied by the hardware maker specifically for Window's consumption!
(I'll never forget the *last* time I attempted to install Windows. I did it from the CD-Rom, it came up...and immediately declared the CD-Rom device it had just come from was unrecognizable! I could install nothing else because Windows refused to acknowledge the CD drive existed, no matter how many drivers I tried to download into it! In between Windows Explorer bombing with Illegal Exception Errors, that is...)
What happens when you need help with a problem with Windows? Can you guess? That's right, "Pay-per-Incident", some $95.00 fee for trying (often unsuccessfully) to get MS to fix the problem they put there in the first place. To use this, you have to sign some form of Nondisclosure...otherwise, somebody else might benefit from your experience instead of paying their own $95.00. Thus, they're never allowed to see the process!
Here is a classic article comparing ops systems:
the best education per line read you ever found. I still re-read this every couple of months, it's quite enjoyable!
See, Linux doesn't pretend to be a magic spell or a magical fairyland, like other consumer products. They don't compete in a business sense (and in a Zen-like way, they are *gaining* in the competitive market for that reason!), so for perhaps the first time in your life, you're getting the straight story on a product and not the fairy-tale version from the Marketing&P.R. department.