Spearmint2 wrote:My main beef with Linux has always been it's love affair with the command line. After suffering years of command line with DOS in the 80's I really got over any love for a command line in anything. I'm glad Linux has come around to using GUI more in recent years. I hope that continues to expand and more command functions that currently exist only in terminal use find a good GUI home too. I think GUI is the main advantage that has driven Windows to be the most accepted OS in today's world, but Linux would take it over like FF has increased against IE for browsers, if Linux continues it's expansion of GUI usage. GUI is just easier and there's nothing wrong with making life easier.
To each his own!
I learned DOS back in the early 90's. Maybe I got spoiled to Windows and it's GUI, but I can't help but feel that part of elegance means not having to become a wizard with a full "spell book" to use it. Part of why I stayed with Windows was because it didn't make sense to have to live through DOS with new rules (again). I just refused to upgrade from XP and held on as long as possible because, I agree, the extreme hypocrisy plus paranoia and DRM Microsoft has been creeping in made me leery. Snowden further put nails in that coffin for me. It's why I have avoided Google products as well: They're worse than Microsoft when it comes to how they treat your personal data and privacy preferences.
So here I am, switched over to Linux Mint in January (felt like a good way to start the year). Here's my experience with the things OP was talking about.
1. I have no problem with my internet. If anything, my connection seems more stable on Mint than it was on Windows XP. I'm using a router with no problems! With Windows XP I had to reset my modem at least once a month and my IP address was refreshing over and over again.
2. Researching hardware before you upgrade to a different OS is important. The first thing I did was make sure my rig and printer would both work. Yep, they all work! Once set up there's very few hiccups, where Windows would sometimes make me have to try reprinting or cancel jobs because something went wrong along the way. Public printers were more reliable! Setting up was a pain sometimes, but at least it works great once you figure it out.
3. As I have always avoided the very unsafe, heavily tracked Google junkware I have had no problems. NONE. If anything I have found more programs I like
by switching to Mint than anything else! I think I have lost only ONE program and it was one that never really worked, not even on Windows XP.
4. One of my good friends runs a Mint box as a personal theater. It hooks up to both his bedroom TV and the projector in his living room. Yes, he checked hardware compatibility before buying it. It's funny how many complaints come from buying without checking first.
5. Ok, this one is an issue. I have KDE and my shut down button is broken. I have to use terminal to shut down my computer. This is KDE-specific, though- I had no problems like that with MATE. I also had to upgrade to Mint 15 after finding out the hard way that Linux Mint and MYSQL don't party together. Trying to get it set up to learn PHP borked my system due to MATE. I'll retry that one later, maybe with a virtual machine.
In short a lot of OPs frustration is their own fault and not everyone will go through it.
Can mint be frustrating? YES, VERY.
I have been frustrated to tears quite a few times in the last six months. Some days I want to shout at my computer "Linux, why won't you let me love you?!?" But then I figure out what went wrong, fix it, and I'm happy again. Linux is funny that way.