jsmithson - 2:18 pm on Dec 23, 2012 (gmt 0)
Linux isn't pathetic, but it serves a specific market: you need specialist skills to use it.
I do not advise using Linux for your desktop unless you are an expert level Linux person, or you buy harware that has Linux desktop preloaded.
The problem is chicken and the egg related and is to do with hardware drivers: hardware makers do not write or test drivers properly for the Linux desktop because not enough people use it. The reverse is also true: people don't use Linux desktop because there are problems with drivers for their hardware.
I've been using Linux on the server for over a decade. It works fine for the stuff I need (web) because I know what I'm doing.
I recently came back to try the Linux desktop and like you gave up after finding numerous problems that require endless forum browsing, configuration changes, fixes that I need to download, and stuff just plain not working. It's a huge time sink!
If you want something that's easier to use for your desktop use Windows or Mac.