I agree with this, too (after all, that's why "The Geek Squad" exists--I know people who actually pay "professionals" to install a CD-ROM they bought... I'm not kidding), but I think Windows actually isn't for the novice user even after it's been set up properly. If the novice user isn't administrator, she can't even change the time on her computer or install Windows security updates! Yet, if she is the administrator, it's very easy for her to screw the whole installation.Originally Posted by Limulus
On Ubuntu, however, you can make a novice user the sudo user and not have her screw things up accidentally if you don't give her a gksudo nautilus button or a handbook of commands like rm and chmod. She can still change the time on her clock, install software safely through Synaptic Package Manager and not endanger her entire installation.