That's exactly what I want to use my computers for, too. But frankly, systemd and its devilspawn cousin pulseaudio just get in the way. But I'm not going to talk about that since others already do this well. What riles me most these days is X forwarding failures. I have a headless computer I want to do computations on and edit text documents in Emacs/LaTeX. For stupid reasons I shan't get into, I want to do this on a chromebook (I said it was stupid!).
So what, you say, just use an ssh client to log on and voila. Well, the state of ssh + terminal emulation on chromebooks (and android too!) is abysmal. They don't pass all keyboard combinations correctly, they all have issues or fail to implement everything correctly, and worst of all, there's no X forwarding to a decent X server. All I want to fracking do is type "plot" on the server and see a picture on my screen. Or type $\int f$ and see a typeset symbol. Without going through a third party "cloud" server which runs through a browser, takes ages to return data, tries to force me to use braindead keyboard combinations on their cloud "editor/IDE" wet dream which doesn't even handle the simplest regexes and knows a grand total of 2.5 syntactic highlighting modes. And without running a slow as molasses rdp/vnc style remote desktop, or screen switching constantly to a crippled Linux workstation installed on the hard drive.
Now, what has any of this to do with you? Fair question. The answer is that the sophisticated computing system we've had for 20 years is being eroded by imbeciles who think that anything old must be replaced, that new replacement software only needs to implement the tiny subset of features that the programmer actually understands, and under no circumstances can anything which said programmer is ignorant of, or fails to adequately appreciate, be important. And that's where the new stuff like chromeos, android, systemd, pulseaudio, etc is going. And people like you try to convince us that in fact this is great and as it should be, since you're tired of tweaking your systems and have given up control for peace of mind. Well it's ok to give up if you want. I'd rather you didn't attack the complainers though, because they haven't given up yet. They're the ones who just *might* do something, unlike you by your own choice. And they're the ones who, in complaining, share the old knowledge to everyone before the imbeciles wipe it all off the earth.