IBM may have held that title for the Thinkpad at one point, but that's definitely becoming less and less true as Lenovo runs the Thinkpad line into the ground
 Source: Typing this from my Thinkpad running Debian.
Michael Dell also has a track record for anti-competitive practices. Hell, the accountant and CFO from the days of their "cookie-jar accounting" schemes are still at Dell. My understanding's that the anti-competitive measures weren't even illegal, it's just that Dell, as a public company, broke the law by failing to disclose the payments from Intel in Dell's financials. Going private removes this burden.
As long as the company's required to disclose public financials, company's will ALWAYS be tempted to manipulate earnings at the end of the fiscal year.
As to incentives for manipulation, Dell's infractions arguably flowed from flaws in stock option compensation and loose accounting standards. Dell execs were pretty risk tolerant...leveraging up with long calls financed by short puts.
Giving dishonest information feeds inaccurate estimates.
Not Linux-related, but the keyboard transition (happened between W520 and W530) was unfortunate and pissed a lot of people off.
I'm sure the new keyboard design has its merits, but the fact that they changed it over the objection of their most loyal users speaks volumes about the direction Lenovo is taking the ThinkPad brand.
When I got the laptop, it wasn't working due to a kernal bug. I was able to get Wifi going using an external dongle. Then a kernal update fixed the bug and the internal worked. Since then something has changed and now neither work.
I'm using Arch Linux... I used to have time to spend keeping things running and I enjoyed the slimmed down nature.. but these days I don't and I'm considering going back to Ubuntu.
LXDE may not be for everyone, but the desktop environments that try to appeal to the broadest audience can seem pretty user-hostile to me.