You've made a similar comment on another thread - I realise it's a bit off-topic here, but I wonder why you're having such problems? I've been using a variety of Linux distros on a very wide range of hardware and most of it just works for me out of the box.
What exactly have you had to do in the console? What distro are you using? Do you fancy heading over to here [webmasterworld.com] to discuss this? :-)
Having said that, I've also had very few problems with Vista ever since I was beta testing it, so I'm not sure whether I'm just lucky or you're unlucky... or my hardware is less demanding. I don't really like Vista, but it installs and works for me just fine.
The (perhaps unpleasant) truth is that "Linux programmers" by and large work on a voluntary basis, and as such couldn't really give a hoot about whether end-users such as yourself have to go in to the console or not. Sign up for a few linux mailing lists and you'll see what I mean - "How can we make Linux more like Windows" is not a topic that gets discussed very much.
Sorry, but who exactly thinks that Vista has an improved user interface?
At every single company I've visited in the last three years, the overwhelming choice for the desktop UI has been XP w/ Windows Classic Theme. This means that (give or take a few minor changes/improvements) the system looks like it would if it was running Windows 2000. Do we think these companies are missing a trick? Would rounded corners on windows and a bright green 'Start' button help their employees be 123% more productive? Perhaps we should make some of the windows transparent? Oh, wait...
I can understand gamers liking eye candy, I can understand that Microsoft likes to include eye-candy as an OPTION for those users who are in to that sort of thing, but for basic (business) productivity tasks I'm not aware of any independent evidence that the Windows Aero interface itself improves productivity over Windows XP or the Windows 2000 interface.
To be blunt, how are transparent edges and animations supposed to help the end user perform mundane day-to-day tasks on their PC?
Are we saying that eye-candy's sole purpose is to relieve bordom? ;-)