I've used Ubuntu for what seems like half a year, though most of my usage is just basic work-related activity, such AbiWord and web browsing. In many ways I feel intimidated it and have, on numerous occasions, considered switching back to Windows. However, I want to continue to use Ubuntu - open source seems like such a good idea, it seems much more secure than Windows, it saves me anywhere from $100-400, and I like certain features of it moreso than I do Windows. But when I see various features that come with my wireless mouse or printer that I have no clue how to get working, I feel utterly crushed in my technical ability.
I've been a Windows user for roughly seven years and consider myself "tech savvy", but the comfort zone for situations like this seems to be the dividing line between geeks and super-geeks. It seems like you need to develop a masochistic desire for problem solving and/or learning information about the OS that you may or may not need to know to master Ubuntu and Linux in general. It would be so much easier to just load up an XP disc and be done with it. However, I haven't done that for several reasons:
* I feel as if there's undiscovered 'treasure' about the OS that I don't know about, and will appreciate after mastering the OS (is this possible if one does not code?)
* Going back to XP would make me feel like a quitter on both Ubuntu and the open source movement
* I feel like that if I can't solve these problems or refuse/do not want to do so, thus neglecting to learn more about the OS, I'm stupid in some way.
I may just have to switch if my school demands it; if they don't, the choice is up to me and I'm leaning towards toughing it out with Ubuntu, though I have to ask, does anyone else feel this way?