I think this article shows that Ubuntu is suitable for the desktop world if manufacturers support it. Am pretty impressed that someone who seems to have had problems with Ubuntu before actually likes it.
Microsoft cutting support for XP will barely change anything, companies will upgrade to win7/win8 but the average home user wont coz he expects someone to do it for him and also doesn't like using things he is not familiar with.
I agree. I have a Dell Latitude E6420. With its all-metal case it feels even more sturdy than the Thinkpad T-series.
Like most Thinkpads, the E6420 has is easy to disassemble and upgrade.
Except for the fingerprint reader, everything works out of the box on Debian. The laptop also ships with a pre-installed Ubuntu.
Acceptable keyboard and display, touchpad+trackpoint, optional built-in Smartcard/RFID reader, VGA and HDMI port.
It is also very silent and cool most of the time.
At first I was sad that I couldn't get a Thinkpad at work. However, after having spent one year with the E6420, I definitely prefer it over any Thinkpad and Macbook Pro I previously had.
I have a Dell Inspiron n5110 laptop and although bumblebee works fine for me, I have a video tearing problem on Ubuntu no matter which graphic chip I use. When I play a video file, it becomes like this. So I wouldn't recommend buying an arbitrary Dell laptop without enough research.
I'm using HP Pavilion m6 running linux mint 14 for last 5-6 months. Very happy with the performance. I use it only for development and browsing etc i.e. no games. I've turned off the dedicated graphics card to get better battery life. I get about 6 hours on full charge. Not bad for 15.6 inch screen.
Ubuntu has caused most of us to go on a distro-jumping spree, fact is the linux community has gone through a lot of changes in the past 3 years but I think most communities now know what they want cannonical/redhat,etc thus we will see more stability and developments from now
Unlike Windows(as some of you are complaining about), Ubuntu is highly customizable, so ranting about Unity or Amazon is useless for techie guys like us, unless you are talking about the non-techie user who doesn't care that lots of his/her info in Windows/Mac is shared with third parties.