The learning process is there. It may be extremely shallow, but it happened. You even point out the download page having screenshots. The very first time you had to install some extra application (maybe even one of the easy mode stores) you had some sort of instruction. There's nothing intuitive about downloading an exe, being prompted to configure it, etc... Once you learn it, they're all degrees of easy. However, if all you know is one method, then it becomes the way you expect it to be so anything else is hard or confusing.
If you want to experience the learning process, go help an elderly person with Windows 10.. I'd bet they'd happen into the Store firstly before finding some installer on a website.
and I'm really not trying to be combative in this reply. I honestly think we feel Windows is easier because it's the process we've been exposed to for the past 25 years, and not because there's anything intuitive about it.
If you want to call clicking the 'download' button on website, then Run, Next a learning process that's fine. Even knowing how to open a program (double click an icon) is something to learn. As is typing.
But you honestly can't compare that with -
- knowing what the GUI for the package manager in your distro of choice is called, if it has a GUI app for that. And those apps are super geeky. e.g. in Mint right now I open it and the first thing I see is 'switch to local mirror?'. Do you have any idea how incomprehensible and scary that is to a casual user? Then find the category for the app, navigate through the hundreds of options and pick one.
- or opening bash, type sudo apt/yum/rpm <package name which you found somewhere>
And how about uninstall? The usual instructions go something like 'go to ~/., rm -rf .prog, rm -rf /usr/local/bin/prog' etc. Again, scary stuff. vs a sane Uninstall program option.
You do have a point that people are used to Windows. But the way it does things isn't wrong, it was designed for casual users, not tech geeks with a GUI added on top like Linux and a million DEs and incompatible ways of doing the same thing.