@LachlanRoss, stick with it mate.
I bought Microsoft word, and I still couldn't win that Pulitzer Prize. It did however give me a really powerful tool I can use as I learn to write.
The XCarve is almost the same (with the additional complexity that you need to build it yourself).
Think of yourself as a computer user in 1989. Yes, the machine is really cool and (relatively) powerful, however you needed to learn how the architecture works, as well as learning how to write code to command and control it. It's not very intuitive or user friendly, but you can do some cool stuff with it.,now compare that to today's computers.
I'm sure home CNC will be simplified dramatically in the near future, but in the meantime, we still need to be the motivated geeks, that are assisting in developing this new open source technology.
Or, as I began with, stick with it and persevere. Our grandchildren will appreciate the effort.