This revived discussion of Microsoft Trained Brain Syndrome, however, underscores why one of the classic mistakes of Linux first-timers is to give up too early. That happens simply because Linux is different from Windows, and so can feel scary to some new users.
Help the Afflicted
Most of us can no longer remember the days before we were used to Windows, but you can be sure there was a time when that was the case. Back then, we persevered and got used to it, and now it's difficult to remember anything else.
Does that mean we should stick blindly with what we know? Not if we mind limping along on a fundamentally handicapped technology. There are many strategies that can help ease the transition to Linux--follow them, and there will come a day when you can no longer remember why you ever used Windows.
Do you know someone who suffers from Microsoft Trained Brain Syndrome? Don't let them suffer in silence. Help them give Linux a try, and put their suffering to an end.