Sadly, it's all too common with Linux these days. Things that used to Just Work out of the box, no longer do. For example, I haven't yet found a box that recent releases of Fedora or Ubuntu will install on without manual hackery. And this isn't with exotic hardware, either. Just on bog standard PCs.
Consider also sound. In the olden days, it would probably work, and if it didn't, you could always try reconfiguring it. Sadly those golden days are long gone. If it doesn't work out of the box (which in my case, it didn't), then you're screwed. Pulse audio doesn't like letting you configure things yourself :-(
It used to be the case that installing and using Linux was simple enough that I'd be happy recommending that any Windows user should give it a go. I can't in all good faith do that any more. There have been repeated claims that standards are slipping in kernel land of late. Whether that's true or not, I can 100% say that they are slipping in userland in the major distributions.