I'm looking for a new laptop for work and the XPS 14 seems to fit all my needs. My main concern is that I'm constrained to using Ubuntu 10.04 as a few of the tools we are using do not support newer versions yet. Would 10.04 work, possibly with the addition of backports?
There's also the option of choosing between Windows 7 and Windows 8 as the pre-installed OS. I've read a bit about boot loader issues with Ubuntu/Windows 8 but I don't have first hand experience. Does Ubuntu 10.04/Windows 8 dual-boot work at all? Or is Windows 7 the safer choice?