I mean Ubuntu is for newbies and Unity is a huge mess supposedly, so how did this happen?
Just a bit of background about me. I've been using Linux since RedHat 5.1. Not RHEL, but RedHat. I haven't used any Windows version since 3.11, and I've been a Linux/UNIX Admin for over 11 years now. All that is just to say, I've been around the block a few times with Linux so I'm not exactly a noob.
Anyway, the past many many years I've been using Fedora but stripped down to the essentials and mostly using xmonad as a window manager. Recently though, I've not only started building a new machine for personal use but had to decide on what to use for my new work laptop, and I decided I wanted to try out some modern DEs and see if any felt comfortable.
About 10 minutes with KDE reminded me why I can't stand it so it was out. I tried and used Gnome 3 for a couple weeks and liked it after setting up a few extensions. Then for some reason I had an urge to try out Ubuntu. I've now been running it since 12.04 released and love it. Unity works nearly identically to how I had Gnome 3 configured but saves me the trouble of setting it up that way and just works out of the box. I love the task bar being on the left side, since every monitor these days is widescreen format and that's where the pixels can be spared. I love the centralized menu structure and the HUD since I can't stand wasting pixels for a menu I might use once in a great blue moon anyway. Most of all I love that finally I have usable full desktop environment where I don't have to touch the mouse ever. The keyboard support in both Gnome 3 and Unity is excellent, and even more so in Unity.
I might also be like the last person to catch onto it but I'm loving Ubuntu One and the music store. Having three PCs and my cell phone completely sync'd as well as a place to buy fairly priced DRM free music is awesome.
Anyway, I'm not exactly the target user for Ubuntu, I'm sure, but here I am and I'm so far really happy with it.