Remember the bad old days of Linux?
- no sound unless you manually configured it and recompiled kernel
- xf86config could destroy your monitor if you made a poor choice
- your hardware was more likely to not work than be supported (got a winmodem? too bad for you. though even in the bad days, network hardware support was good)
- not a lot of software support. You were very fortunate to have Netscape 3 back then.
Despite all that (and more), I stuck with it.
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko