First, I aopologize for using a wrong gender pronoun, which I apparently did. Alastaire sounds so much to me like my daughter's name that I assumed wrong.
Thanks for not bopping me Alastair, but thanks more for your help.
The purpose for my topic was NOT to bash Linux. It was to state the things which newbies don't like.
Yes, newbies DO want to be able to switch to Linux without venturing too far into the unknown.
No, Windows 9* does not automatically install printers, but it does provide an easy-to-use installation box during installation.
As for the sound card, I'm not sure how much of it is linux incompatibility. I'm upgrading that PC this week, so that might solve it. BUT - remember I'm a newbie, and the sound card worked with ... I'll say the dirty word ... WINDOWS! People who want to switch are afraid that their hardware might not work with Linux. I know there are hardware compatibility lists, but what do you do if it isn't listed? Or - will you trust a listing which shows it is compatible? How compatible will it be? To someone who is thinking about switching that might be a big factor.
It speaks well for Linux that the bulk of my complaints were trivial in nature. In fact, I only had problems with the RedHat package, and part of that may be hardware issues? I don't know, yet.
But shouldn't we discuss what newbies DON'T like, so that we can attract more of them?