The Csound community has been making strides to improve the user-experience, and this effort is really beginning to shine through.
Csound now ships with QuteCsound, a new integrated frontend that comes loaded with extras. The Csound @ Sourceforge page has been given a facelift, in terms of both looks and content. The developers are taking much greater care to make sure installers work with as few as problems as possible. This is only the beginning.
If you have tried Csound in the past, but had problems getting up and running, now is a good time to give it another try. If you do run into problems, don’t keep these issues to yourself. Report them here or the mailing list, and these problems will be taken care of.
Thanks to all the hard work of the developers and others in the community, as it seems that Csound has a promising future.