I prefer the hassle that is nessecary to take a step away sideways from certain corporate interests, financial obligations and most importantly having to stand the constant perversive mindfuck that usually comes in company with using mainstream commercial products nowadays.
But you're right, you won't get that freedom for free. You need to become a crazy nerd to love linux, or you need to know or pay one who will wipe your ass when things are fubar inside your box once again.
If linux was easier to use and more failsave, certain companies would probably drive pressure on governments to legally cripple free software even more, because it would harm their interests to have a competetive product on the market that is better and available for free. So I consider it a lucky fact that linux is pretty brainfucked and requires patience, dedication and perseverance to enable a person to privately use it in full glory. Also time is never boring this way, though sometimes it hurts to have to fix something while you would love to do something else during that time.
Other than that, this thread is a very good pointer that if you take interest in the linux world, it is sometimes advisable to take an extra step sideways and let lots of sheep following the urge to have the very very newest shit break their boxes first, until the bugs are found and fixed up and you could dare to put your more valuable boxes into the same flow. I only install or update ubuntu LTS versions after their first point release, never the bleeding edge.....