Re: Using Xubuntu for 8 months, but scared of the Terminal, is that normal?
I'd be perfectly happy if I didn't have to use the terminal ever again.
I do use the terminal for some things that are easier - like Apt-get, adding PPAs, setting 'at' jobs. I also found myself forced to use the terminal when - (sigh) - my graphics got broken.
But I don't mind if you're scared of the terminal. It's an intimidating feature in Linux, and there are definite negative cultural connotations to the terminal too - "the hacker sits in front of scrolling white text on a black background, hacking into computer systems because he has no friends and is socially retarded". Everyone is allowed to be scared of something, and as you mention, avoiding the terminal where possible does make it a lot harder to break your system.
My father has been using Ubuntu since 2009 and couldn't apt-get, chmod or ls anything to save his life. It's actually not abnormal.
I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.