Ah, but if you're skilled in Unix, I (for one) have no problem with you switching to FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD or any of the concurrent Unix flavours out there
Also, with an experience in Unix, you should know better then to expect Linux to be a Win-OS rip-off with comparable attitudes
It also means you already know the Linux community expects users to investigate and find solutions on their own, not being told to 'point-and-click', right?...
As for finding Linux related forums, you either haven't looked very hard, or you weren't wearing your glasses, as there are several highly frequented Linux forums out there: next to LXF (admittedly having a lull in activity now, but the core is still here
) there's LinuxQuestions (and it's sister site AndroidQuestions), the Linux Journal and -Magazine forums to name a few larger ones. (there's plenty more, but mostly aimed at a specific distro, like Ubuntu, Mint, Slackware or any of the other rpm based distro's)
Registration was a doodle, back then (it may have changed now, dunno), unless you're browsing with Lynx. Or Vim