It's a rather anachronistic idea that Unix/Linux systems are text only. Sure, you typically run servers without even a monitor, but it's a little sad that newcomers to graphical interfaces verlook that the first graphical web browser was written on a Unix sytem http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mosaic_%28web_browser%29
Some remember fondly the Sun Unix systems from the 80's with 19 or 21 inch screens, GUIs, etc, etc, at the time Macs had those dinky little screens (to make them affordable for home use presumably) and Windows didn't really exist as a viable product. And, of course, the Linux kernel made all those tools available available on mass-market intel-based computers. There's a bit of a history here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of ... _interface
From my interest point of view (scientific computing) it took MS and Apple a while to get decent functionality, but there's little functionality difference now between the available GUI's on different OS's these days. There are, of course, differences in preferences, but that's another issue entirely...
[Posted from Firefox on Fedora Linux with Gnome GUI].