Okay, I have a quite strange problem.
I'd love to move to Linux. All the apps I use on Windows are multiplatform, and have native Linux versions as well. Under Linux, even my crap Radeon HD works like a charm.
Yet I simply can't feel at home on Linux for some reason.
First, I thought it must be the same craptastic font set that comes with almost all distros, and makes my eyes bleed. (Except for Ubuntu, their fonts are beautiful and easy on the eyes, but only in a certain size, which is way too big to look acceptable.)
But no. Even after installing the MS fonts, it's still strange. I still feel like somewhat isolated, and feel like it's just not my place.
What is this? What's going on with me? Why can't I just install Ubuntu (or whatever) and enjoy all the benefits? Why do I have to come back to Windows every time, even if it has shitty drivers, and half of my hardware don't even work correctly with it?
Did any of you ever feel like this when you decided to move from one OS to another?
It's kind of shocking at first but then you get used to it and then windows is what seems weird and crappy.
Also don't use ubuntu, shittiest distro ever.
I know what you mean. Some setups feel like home instantly, others after a few weeks and some I change very quickly because they feel 'alien'.
So far I've liked gnome and mate. Cinnamon was also good. Now I have openbox and it's lightning fast, but still feels weird. You just have to see what fits you. Of course with gtk+ or something like that you can make your linux look just like windows.
I don't know how to customize unity, but if you can't find out how to get rid of that weird side-panel, you can just change your desktop environment. I think almost every beginner-friendly distro should have a login manager that automatically finds out what desktop-thingies are installed and lets you choose between them if there are more than one. So you can install all and test them if your disk has enough space.