Re: A question about ubuntu's future
It can feel quite liberating to use Linux. It doesn't keep annoying you with sounds and popup notifications ("Installing mouse driver..."), you never get a storm of Flash, Java and Adobe Reader updaters all asking for attention at the same time, and you nearly never see a Shareware reminder or a "trial version expired" notice.
Ubuntu can be quite exciting, actually. Every six months, thtere's new stuff to play with and use. The last couple of Ubuntu versions haven't had many interesting changes, but with Unity Next and Smart Scopes in development, there will be exciting new features in the operating system soon. Let's contrast that with Windows 7 and Windows 8 - the biggest headline features of Windows 7 were "it's faster than Vista and it has a new taskbar", and the biggest feature of Windows 8 is a supremely ugly and inconsistent user interface that few people actually like.
Not to mention, Ubuntu is a lot easier to install and set up. Bit of an anecdote: We bought a wireless printer to use with Windows 7 and Ubuntu. We let Windows "look for drivers" - well, it took ten or fifteen minutes to look, before we finally gave up and inserted the CD and double-clicked the installer. That took about seven or eight minutes. Ubuntu, however, already had the driver - we were printing a test page within one minute.
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.