> Meanwhile if I was using Windows XP I could of had everything installed and running correctly with about 15 minutes of effort.
That's not Linux, that's Ogre3D: they have packaged their library for windows, but not for Linux.
Which it not surprising, given the Ogre3D community has a strong windows preference. Which again is not surprising, given the gaming community has one as well.
And, yes, I have used Ogre3D on Linux - it wasn't so bad, but it does come with a strong windows community around it, and not a Linux one.
I've actually had the opposite problem: I just wanted to play a song at a certain time in the morning: since the tools needed (mpg123 and crontab) are trivially available on linux, it took only a few minutes there. On windows it took HOURS of searching around (no I'm not downloading random spyware junk from download.com) on the microsoft site, downloading a WGA application, having it break, fixing it, finding an alarm clock program, fixing it...
So it's not really a "linux" problem: just a problem with the software you want to use. It could go either way.