|Honestly, you blame it entirely on on the package manager, claiming the package manager is bad...|
When I make no apparent user errors and it gives me bad packages, that's the only conclusion I can come to. Though there may have been user error. So it might not be entirely the package manager.
|yet you have to manually find and download each package in windows, generally through a closed-source installer|
No you don't. Installers are typically bundled with their dependencies. Run the installer and it gives you everything you need. I never have to go searching for dependencies for any installed program.
Source code libs, however, are another story. Admittedly, Linux was much better in that area.
|that probably contains spyware and adware|
Only if you install stuff that's likely to have spyware or adware. Granted that's not obvious to noobs, but it's pretty easy for me to recognize what programs are trustworthy and what aren't.
Besides. That's not an issue with Windows, that's an issue with whatever program you're using. The same thing could be true of Linux programs... it just isn't because nobody targets Linux with malicious intent (See next section where I respond to your "insecure" comment).
Simply providing the source does not guarantee the program is safe. How often do you scour source to a new program looking for malicious code before running it? I'm guessing never.
|they bash it because of how insecure it is and how inflexible it is to the user.|
Insecure... maybe. I don't think the blame for insecurity lies on actual security holes in the software (Linux has those too), but more that it's just more popular so more people target it to look for exploits. Also the typical Windows user is likely to be less computer savvy and therefore easier to sucker into downloading/running the necessary exploits.
And what do you mean by inflexible? What can you do on Ubuntu that you can't do on Windows?
|Also, you're saying you never have issues installing a Windows application? Really?|
Yes. Really. I can't remember the last time I had install troubles on Windows. Maybe the programs I install are just simpler and more easy-going than the ones you have? What's the last program you tried to install on Windows that gave you trouble?
And admittedly I don't upgrade my hardware very much, which is probably where you're more likely to have issues. I think the only thing I've replaced on this comp since I bought it was the keyboard.
|Vista is constantly just restarting itself when it wants to update even if I'm in the middle of programming or playing something.|
I'm not a fan of Vista. Win7 is much better.
But I'm pretty sure you can turn that off, regardless. Win7 hasn't bugged me to do an update or interrupted me with a restart ever (that I can remember, anyway). Adobe, on the other hand... bugs me constantly. Curses!