Outside a GUI
Well, that's hardly a fair comparison, is it? Try doing *anything* outside a GUI with vanilla recent Windows versions. There isn't an outside for you to visit. There's an emulator pretending to be a 1980's DOS session, and that's it. Every Linux distribution I've ever used supports a terminal emulator in the GUI, and the massive advantage is that you can give people exact and precise instructions to fix a problem, without having all this "click on the little yellow square to the right of the left pane on the right side" nonsense.
If you really want to fiddle with the insides of a Windows 7 install (I have no experience of 8, so won't assume anything) you have to get down and dirty with registry hacks, with downloading special uninstallers for bits that don't work, with worrying about which updates have been applied; it's a nightmare. When "it just works", that's fine. When a KDE/GNU/Linux distribution "just works", it's fine, but in my experience fixing the latter when something is wrong is MUCH easier. There are meaningful log files, masses of documentation, and a high standard of user support. This is not the case with Windows, where there is masses of advice, certainly, but only from people who have made something work and have no idea why. A relative's Win7 machine has resolutely failed to install a service pack for more than a year, now. Some voodoo about a corrupted language pack, or something, is the best I can infer. Nothing works, everyone advises "why don't you reinstall?" Whereas I've got a Linux distribution here that installed onto an empty machine in twenty minutes flat, and would certainly just go on functioning in any small business setting where people need a PC to work and don't fiddle with computers. It hasn't been switched off for almost two years, and only gets rebooted when there is a kernel upgrade. Then it cycles in about 100 seconds.
I'm bored with this "Linux sucks on the desktop" reflux. Evidence clearly shows it just doesn't. I suspect it's regurgitated often by people who haven't tried it, and are frightened of doing so.