Maybe I could have discussed the problem here in this friendly forum before dismissing vector but why should I be that interested if the gnomebaker baker is to silly to provide an executable? As my experience showed, open source is not only unfriendly to developers who need a fair compensation (I'm an informatician too), makes users shrugging but also often simply fails.
I'm not a Linux evangelist, I don't care what operating system people use, and I use Windows a fair amount myself (though not nearly as much as Linux). So if you want to stick with W2K, it's fine with me.
However, I think it's unfair to make statements like "open source is not only unfriendly to developers who need a fair compensation." Nobody is forced to be a Linux developer. Some Linux developers do get a fair compensation and those who don't have *chosen* to volunteer their efforts, often simply for the sake of doing good deeds. I strongly believe in paying for the distribution that I use because I want to support the continued existence and development of VectorLinux.
"makes users shrugging but also often simply fails" can be said about any operating system. Certainly, it's not always smooth sailing with Windows. It hasn't given me much grief, but I know plenty of people who have problems all the time with Windows and Windows programs. Yes, there's a learning curve with Linux, but my seven-year-old granddaughter who doesn't have a computer and has used computers very little can spend the whole afternoon at pbskids.org using Firefox and never have a problem with it. I do log her in to the visitor account, but once the desktop appears she won't let me do anything else--"Granny, I can do it myself." So I don't think Linux is that hard for people who don't have "the Windows way" to unlearn.
As for Gnomebaker, the program can't simply provide an executable because it requires many dependencies from Gnome. If you want Gnomebaker, your best bet is to install Gnome so the necessary libraries are there. In Linux, unlike Windows, the user has a lot of choice about what sort of system he/she wants. It can be very lean or very complex and resource-demanding. If you don't want a feature-rich environment like Gnome or KDE, you don't need them on your computer. If you do want them, you can install them. Linux is about CHOICE.
Your problems with K3B could almost certainly have been solved. I've found K3B to be my favorite CD/DVD burning application, but I've had good results with several other burning programs in Linux.
I use Linux because it's solid, it's safe, and it's fun--so much fun! Sure, I run into challenges now and then, but even the challenges are fun. I'm sorry you'll miss out on it.