But to be honest, the progress of linux distros towards unusable GUIs has made leaps and bounds. I am finding it almost as painful as trying to use a windoze machine some times.
ubuntu wanted to upgrade - so it asked me 50 times in one window on top of another! I closed 49 of them and said yes only to be screwed over and broken.
Thanks to Jimi (one of our tech guys) for just sorting it for me. All done remotely, and not even during work hours.
It is not that I couldn't do it, really, just I know a man that can sort it way faster than I. Jimi is the man. Well done.
One of the magic incantations was :-
sudo apt-get remove unity
sudo apt-get install tcsh
How he managed to persuade it to actually finish the upgrade cleanly enough to do either, he will have to let me know some time...