If you want to really run linux you need to know the command line. http://www.ss64.com/bash/ http://www.pixelbeat.org/cmdline.html
The great thing about gentoo is that it makes you learn your computer inside and out. I hated the command line when I first started with computers and now it's like where is terminal or konsole. Some just want everything to work without knowing why and some want to know everything possible.
Well I get the command line pretty well, but my husband is clueless.
I told him the basics of it though, he kind of gets it but I dont think he will ever get as far as I am.
I think that if a user installs ubuntu only because its easy, well return to Windows
if a user doesn't want to learn something new as emerge or xorg configuration or anything else, well stay to windows! once installed it's easy to use..
Thats kind of defeatest, I think a linux distro can be both easy and stable without resorting to the windows way.
I actually find my experiences using Ubuntu and other debian based/ like systems easy, even my husband kind of gets it (he gets gdebi on ubuntu right off as its sort of like a windows installer)
My husband is a work in progress though, I already weened him from XP pretty much but I dont want him to feel alienated right away if i install a more command line based distro like gentoo or saby.
Everythings a learning curve and some things are going to be easier then others, command line is still intimidating to a lot of folks but that is why they use ubuntu as there is not as much need for the command line there.
But give people time and they can learn anything.
And I do mind you I am not saying that ubuntu is flawless, we dont need to shoot eachother because we have a slightly different outlook on things. I think thats one of the flaws in the linux community is that we are always taking pot shots at eachother and it gets us nowhere.
I think we should look at what linux distros have in common and not what breaks them apart.