"There is no way around this and new users will just have to accept that change is an inevitability with the PC desktop. Even with Windows ??? change happens and users have little to no choice but to move on"
Don't like Unity? After Ubuntu 11.04 came out, I made the switch to Slackware w/ XFCE for about a month and settled on Debian Squeeze with backports. I'm very happy with it. "Little to no choice"?...choice is one thing Linux has plenty of. There's no reason to use unity if you don't want to.
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