Wait... Linux is actually a bit patchy?
Stop the presses!
Ubuntu has raised peoples' expectation of Linux as a user friendly desktop offering. Of course, up until now Ubuntu has been a fairly standard Gnome + openoffice built on Debian platform. Nothing terribly risky and everything nicely matured.
Now the public are getting a first look at the true face of Linux... Unstable packages still in development, Hunting for those tricky configuration options, helper programs that aren't bundled with the associated package, dependencies on specific versions of volatile libraries.
Perhaps this should be left as an unstable track until it's ready for prime time..,