Your next point I completely disagree with and I can almost write a thesis paper
Then actually write one.
How is it MY responsibility? I dont give a flip what OS they use either!!! I paid my dues brother, I WANTED to learn Linux because I liked what it was. I learned, I joined forums, I read a ton of material, I progressed through trial and error and because Linux is evolving I have to continue to learn new things. THIS IS WHAT LINUX IS ABOUT! Linus never intended it to be a desktop for the masses. It is about freedom and flexibility but freedom comes at a price brother.
First of all, don't call me brother. Secondly, Its your responsibility because you have been given the knowledge, I paid my dues too, and I'm guessing, for a lot longer than you. It doesn't matter what linux INTENDED to be. Those days are gone. That is no longer what linux is about. OSs are now commodity items. And the Linux community needs to realize that Linux is a part of that, and grow up.
Bull! If you want to fix your furnace, your car or your phone yourself then you should be prepared to learn the technical details.
Sorry, you're wrong. If your 80 year old grandmother wants her furnace fixed, do you expect her to learn the technical details? You have been given the keys to the computer kingdom, and it comes with responsibility to those who haven't. When your grandmother needs an operation, tell me you expect her to learn the details first.
Elitist? Bologna! realistic!
Realistic? stuff. Your doing nothing more that abdicating your responsibiity.
Covered my ass? From what? Are you going to fire me? I work for nobody!
What in God's name makes you think I was referring to you, personally? I was referring to the linux community. Do you see yourself as the sole representative of the Linux community? They are the people who told Windows users, the first time they had a problem, to reformat and install linux. Then, when those people did so, they were told to RTFM. Grow the f up.