Oddly enough the clueless noob who doesn't configure anything will be better off, because he/she won't have things like "config_eth0=..." sitting anywhere to become stale.
RANT! Someone is trying to turn Linux into Windows! They're trying to turn it into "Just Works (TM)", except when it doesn't, then abandon all hope, because we're removed, hidden, obscured, or obfuscated the knobs that allow you to make it work. Your choices are to be a complete clueless noob, or to become a near-developer - the self-educated hacker is out of luck.