Ubuntu has made Linux accessible for millions, and by that, I mean usable. When Sheldon Cooper makes a point of mentioning Ubuntu in an episode of "The Big Bang Theory," it's fair to conclude that Linux is finally arriving. Of course, he has his detractors as well as Ubuntu does.
Time will tell surely enough how this all plays out. Unity isn't as bad as I thought, though I must admit I still run Gnome Classic on my 12.04 installation about 99% of the time, if for no other reason than because familiarity breeds content. Of course, it is also said that familiarity breeds contempt, and with the changes made to certain items underlying Gnome Classic that I can no longer access without hacking my way around (and even that is no guarantee that I can even find what I'm looking for [so far]), things just aren't the same, even though it is "Gnome Classic." There are equivalents, fortunately, but their approaches are rather a bit different, such as with adding application launcher icons into the top bar on the screen. There is now an additional step in adding them that was not intuitively obvious at first, though I eventually figured it out.
Still, Ubuntu is probably the most hardware-friendly of the distros I've worked with thus far, and as such, I expect to continue running it as my main distro, with Fedora as my #2.
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