TL:DR - I don't blame you! Ubuntu Linux with the Unity UI royally sucked on my HP laptop PC. It crashed constantly and I consider it shit and ugly to boot. That said, I am seeking and open to suggestions for a SIMPLE Linux solution for this PC which is to be used for Web surfing and older games, such as GOG DOSBox games, Starcraft and Warcraft III with WINE, etc. Thanks!
I read only this part.
I happened to install Ubuntu 11.10/Unity yesterday, in VMWare Player. I just wanted to see what everyone is complaining about.
The installation itself was a breeze, which it has usually been for me for different Linux distributions in the past, also outside VMWare. Not harder than installing e.g. WinXP or Win7 from CD.
But I didn't get the Unity user interface either. As I said elsewhere, I installed two (Linux) games on it, but the problem for me was to find where do I start those installed games/apps. I'm sure I was missing something obvious, but I couldn't be arsed to toy around anymore, after all I was just experimenting a bit (and getting tired, it was already 1am at that point). Maybe I should replace Ubuntu with Mint or CentOS, then.
And yes, I was similarly lost also on Win8 Metro UI I also tried yesterday. It seems you just (once again) have to throw out pretty much everything you already know, and re-learn the new Ubuntu or Windows. Of course it could also affect it that I am also getting accustomed to Android user interfaces, so I was feverishly trying to find a "back" or "home" icon or button in e.g. Metro.
Don't use Fedora in any case. Last time I tried it, it got stuck in updating loop. It installed some updates, and removed others. Required restart. Then installed the removed updates, and removed the new updates that it installed previously. 3-4 times of this, and I removed it.
Exactly! As I said elsewhere, it is basically (AFAIK) the beta version of the future Red Hat Enterprise Linux release, and the release cycle is quite short, so you'd have to update to the next Fedora release quite often. No LTS versions there.
Using Fedora is a bit like using Windows 8 beta preview, IMHO.
That said, I liked how Fedora did feel quite "professional" compared to e.g. Ubuntu, but it may also be I am just more familiar with the Red Hat family due to my work. In any case, I'd propose CentOS instead of Fedora, if Red Hat is your thing.