What things are you talking about? I myself have never had any issues with Linux, but have had more than my share of BSOD from Windows to include Windows 8.
Just remember the same could be said true about Windows.
I have since about 1995 ran at least one machine that Dual Booted both Windows and some variant of Linux/BSD.
Oh and something to note -- Have always had sound and flawless video as well as all devices working out of the box except for one wireless that I had to attach to a wired connection for it to get.
I've had various versions of Ubuntu on my work laptop for 2 years now. Sleep rarely works, regression in docking/undocking and multiple workspaces, their new UI has turned god awful slow and gets worse as time goes by. I get hard lockups multiple times a week to where I have to hard reset. Updating becomes a pain in the ass when you start adding a bunch of 3rd party repositories. Compiz crashes all the time forcing me to relaunch if I notice it or I lose the window decorator. Those are the more common issues I experience almost every day.
I keep Arch Linux on a virtual machine and having the entire system break without being able to get to a GUI login after updating is extremely common.
Conversely, I've rarely had BSOD or any issues with Windows XP and Windows 7.