I'm probably going to get slaughtered over this but.. I enjoyed using ubuntu but i refuse to touch it again untill the terminal is made optional
Seriously.. I had to google every problem I faced to find what to copy and paste, from installing programs to using the browser. Things that I don't even have to think about when using windows.
Sure you can tell me all the advantages ubuntu has but you surely can't argue against that.. Can you?
I really do think the terminal is wholly optional for ubuntu. I can't think of a single "average joe" utility that doesn't have a GUI to go with it.
I think the reason why you see solutions to problems posted as terminal commands is because these are easier to replicate online. It's much easier for someone to type out a command, and then the other person copy and paste into their terminal that for someone to write "click here, then there, type this, click ok" etc and then for the other person to follow their commands click-by-click.
To get specific - installing programs can be done any multitude of ways. You can use two nifty terminal applications (apt-get and aptitude), you could use the GUI program synaptic or you could go App Store style with Ubuntu Software Centre. You can even download .debs and install-by-double-click in the same way that some windows users seem to prefer doing with exes (although you generally lose the nice updating through repos this way).
Which problem with the browser did you have to go to the terminal for? And were you using a stable release or a pre-release? I think it's fair enough that some problems (if not most) during pre-releases are fixed primarily with package updates and terminal commands. It's alpha or beta for a reason, and it's expected that testers will be somewhat capable when it comes to this.