I know that people have teething problems with Linux, but I had NO problems with Windows installation.
And the first time you ever used windows? Linux isn't a windows replacement its an alternative. Can I recommend Dual Booting rather than scrapping Linux? ease yourself in, rather than jumping straight in.
but heck if support for modems is crap then you are going to alienate anyone who wants to migrate.
The problem here does not lie with Linux as such, the issue originates at the Hardware vendors, many of whom will not even release the specs needed for the community to build drivers, many of the drivers are available due to reverse engineering. This situation has and is improving greatly, support is getting better all the time.
which Im taking back as it clearly ISNT compatible with Linux, it gets detected as a scanner!!
Thats bizzare, although I did have a webcam that did that, turned out to be fairly trivial to sort, although I can understand when you are starting out on Linux it seems a lot more complicated than it is.
Quite frankly I don't care what the Linux community thinks about me using M$ (anyone who uses that phrase really discredit themselves on this forum).
No-one is going to care either way what you use, it is your choice and Open Source is about Choice, you use what best suits you. Incidentally if you are interested M$ originated way back when people were very worried that MS might be monitoring the web. No-one wants a lawsuit or anthing similar
nowadays it is more a reference to what some could see as very agressive tactics to procure more $
Now I am on ADSL and both ADSL modems do not work with Linux.
If you want to blame anyone for this then blame the hardware vendors, I remember when Modems came with Firmware loaded on them and did all the processing they needed for themselves, since then has been the advent of so-called Winmodems, your computer does the processing (or a large part of) for them.
With Linux I may fall into the trap that I think it is 100% secure and stable and so get lacks about security, backups, spam, spyware, hackwares etc.
No computer system is 100% secure, using Linux does not mean you can stop checking things, and although it is more secure than Windows, you do still need to secure things from the default, the same way you would with windows.
Is the average user supposed to rebuild the linux kernel just to get one component to work?!
Seems unfortunate that you came across this issue so early on, it is generally not necessary to rebuild the kernel - unless you want to
- with most Distros, It especially seems odd that you would have to in Mandrake/iva
which version were you running?
Don't give up on Linux, just realise it is an alternative not a replacement. It takes time to learn, and the 'user-friendliness' is improving. You have to try a selection of Distros to find one that is best suited to you, similar I suppose to the way you may choose between XP Home, Pro etc. It takes a bit of work, but it doesn't take long to pick it up, and I found that it also greatly improves what you are able to do with Windows in terms of your understanding of how things work.
Ive just had a look at the link you posted, does look intimidating but its simple enough. Why not try again and then post any error messages you get?