That depends on the distro. They can all be customized to your liking depending on how deep you want to get into the OS. but some come out of the box with a ready to run configuration as soon as the install is done, others I would liken to a Hot rod car kit that you have to have some knowledge and ability to configure from the ground up. If Opperating systems where cars, Windows would be a minivan, Get the family from A to be even grandma can handle it, but it don't really get much real important work don on it. Mac would be a VW Beatle, it's cute, fun to look at but still limits you to what you can fit in the trunk. Linux would be Ferari's next generation concept car, Cutting edge, perpetualy experimental, yet it's build by people who know what the hell they are doing!