I haven't tried Linux since RedHat vSomething.0, but what I do recall was that if it came pre-installed with all the software you needed, it was great. But if you needed to download a small piece of software, it was a pain. Suddenly I had to learn what tarballs are and tar.gz and how to compile things in a command line and make binaries and what all of that means... I missed my good old EXE!
So lately I noticed Android was loosely based around Linux, and it has an "APK" package management system - no more compiling for me! Do any of the linux distro's have a similar system? Or an automatic way of figuring out what to do with the tar.gz I downloaded when I just want to install a program?