I'm working on setting up an unofficial respin of Bodhi that I will be installing on some local new users machines.
And as a long time Linux user I probably take for granted many of the things needed tweaking in order to use Linux in a Windows world. Such as installing codecs so you can play mp3's or commercial DVD's. Or setting up flash. I can easily get most Linux distros up and running to where I don't even miss windows. But I've been using it for a long time.
But I sometimes, I think I forget how frustrating it can be to learn new software and especially a new interface.
So I'm hoping some of the new Linux users might voice some of their frustrations here. Along with maybe some of the Linux application you have had the most success with, as far as being easier to learn, and still allowing you to get some work done.
Hardware issues will always be a frustration unless you buy a Linux machine such as some models from Dell and most models from System76. But try to install windows on System76 computer and I bet you'll be just as frustrated. Things work when you run the OS your computer was built for, but if you want to run another OS you better expect to do a little work. That's mainly what I help People with at the local level. They bring me their machine and I try to get everything working with Linux.
So this info would be helpful to help suggest Linux software to new users. I know what I like. But there might be better choices I'm not aware of.