Got involved with Linux back in 1997 or so, with Slackware 3.6 -- and happily used Slackware exclusively until 2007 or so. Back at that time hardware evolved to 64-bit CPUs and Slackware lacked official support, so unfortunately got myself migrated to CentOS while doing hardware upgrades -- and I really miss the simplicity of Slackware. There -- man is a man, and startup script is a startup script. No lemons.
I'm looking at Ubuntu from time to time, just to see what's happening in softy-and-user-friendly-land -- well, what a thing they turned Linux into... I don't see the purpose of making Linux to be second Windows -- if you want that, go and shell out $200 or whatever Windows 7 costs, and enjoy it, you'll get the *real* user-friendly thing.
What's the purpose of having install-it-in-10-minutes-and-understand-nothing Ubuntu, with brain-dead audience using it just to browse pictures or login into Facebook and leave more meaningless stuff around? I'm not saying that we all should still be using DIP switches to configure expansion card IRQ usage, but what's the point in making Linux second Windows?