I would say that most
folks do not fully appreciate just how good
at doing "what Microsoft has always done." (Ditto Apple.)
Until they encounter Linux.
(Frankly, I have been working in the computer programming industry for a full 25 years now, and I, too, felt that way ... like an iron skillet in the face ...
first "took the plunge.")
It is not Linux's fault!
(Nor, for that matter, is it Microsoft's or Apple's.)
Consider this: when you buy a Win-doze machine, or an Apple machine, all of the work has been done for you.
There are no "decisions" to make. There are no "technical complications" to be encountered. It's a piece of consumer electronics. You plug it in and turn it on. Even if you do not have the faintest idea "what's really happening" as you apply this piece of consumer-electronics towards whatever intended-use you have intended for it, no one and no thing is requiring you to 'understand.'
When you fall into the deep pool of icy water, you pay a "Geek Squad" to bail you out. You pay lots of money for "anti-virus" and "anti-spyware" software just because it makes you feel cozy to do so.
It costs you gobs of money that you did not need to spend, for services that you could have easily done for yourself and for software that 'does you no damm good at all' ... but it sure does feel "cozy.")
Linux, on the other hand, gives you a completely different experience: you actually do
need to understand "how it works" before
you turn it on. (If you feel like I am making that comment in some disparaging-to-you way, please consider carefully that I am not
.) Linux hands you the bicycle without
training wheels. It expects you to understand that you therefore might fall off
that bicycle, perhaps not only once but several times.
In exchange, Linux promises to show you that even the most "ancient" piece of computer equipment is capable of doing things that you had never even dreamed
of. It promises you a world "beyond training-wheels." But to get there, you have to be willing to fall off your bike ... and to figure out,
if necessary, how to get back on.
You've already discovered the single greatest resource for doing that: this web-site, and the many hundreds or thousands of "been there, done that!!!"
people who regularly frequent these forums.
Welcome. We have been there too.