Sorry to hear your Linux experience was not good. If you don't have the time or inclination to learn and deal with the problems of Linux, then it is not for you. And that's OK. It is not for everyone.
I have the inclination, but not that much time. I have SuSe and Mandrake on a second HDD, but don't have that time right now to mess with it that much, but I do when I find the time. Still haven't been able to get Java installed properly on either one.
Linux is definitely not plug and play. But if you do learn how to deal with it, it is worth the effort.
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