I’m fighting with Darkroom/Darktable now. I’m a 70 year old retired software designer/engineer with years of both front end and back end experience, from low-level C-codes socket daemons to Java and PHP front end GUI to various databases.
Rawtherapee is easy. Darktable has a steep learning curve. It’s hard even for guys like me. But well well worth it.
How menu items accidentally get hidden and/or activated isn’t at all obvious at first. And there are so many of them (so many choices). I’ve been using Brucetube (Bruce Williams on youtube) for how-to-do-it now and Harry Durgin for future, someday inspiration.
Make your eyes narrow. lower your chin. Tighten your butt and charge forward with determination. It’s working for me.