Imagine if everyday life was complex as updating Linux software. To buy a train ticket you would first have to write your instruction on a blackboard in gibberish.
Sudo bash cd/users/home ?ticket
Then instead of buying the ticket via phone or web you would have to visit a distro shop of which there are four and hope they had the slip of paper that would turn into a ticket when you installed it correctly into your wallet.
I’m aware that netbooks account for 25% of laptop sales and most of these run Ubuntu but here is a tip. Buy a netbook with Linux if you are sure you never want to upgrade the software or install any new stuff. You will then be very happy. Otherwise spend a few extra quid and buy a version with XP. It will boot slower but you can then run almost all your favourite apps without thinking twice.
I spent over an hour this weekemd trying to install Flash 10 and Firefox 3 and was too bored to complete the installs My issue is that the world has moved on and what we all want is ease of use not code perfection. And I wrote this on an iPhone as it was just a bit quicker than grabbing my Asus (with both hands).