Vector is my workhorse. I prefer it over everything else. But yeah, some things do seem to be less than 'new user' friendly. And I still wouldn't recommend it to a complete novice.
But why you ask?
Well, it's just that Vector is to *nix flavored. Is that a Bad Thing(TM)? No, it is a Good Thing(TM)! But it's not welcoming. Example:
A while ago I installed Vector on a friends computer. Long story short. I didn't come round finishing everything just the way I'd like to have it setup, and so I kept two of the boot options in Lilo (GUI and TUI, renamed to Vector and Rescue) and set the timeout to 2 seconds. I enabled autologin and I told her to just power on and wait till it's finished booting. All be fine.
She called me the other day that her machine was kaput. It hang during boot. After a game of twenty questions I found her nephew had booted up her machine unsupervised and somehow managed to get it to boot in TUI mode. She was looking at the agetty login. Yeah. Kaput.
If that is your audience, then no, Vector isn't the most suitable out-of-the-box.
You got to hand it to the Redmond people, they have that kind of users as a target audience (fools and money... ). power off, power on. Done. With a little more understanding of the inner workings though it's amazing how reliable Vector is as a platform and how smooth the ride is.
Today we conclude this reading with a Koan:
A novice was trying to fix a broken machine by turning the power off and on.
Knight, seeing what the student was doing, spoke sternly: "You cannot fix a machine by just power-cycling it with no understanding of what is going wrong."
Knight turned the machine off and on.
The machine worked.