First off, I'm 16 years of age. I have used ubuntu and other distros and have been glad to grow up with the rise of usable linux. I have become a semi-advanced user and I enjoy every bit of it. I used to dual boot but I always lost interest in ubuntu.
Now, I am always on this partition, with it's fast boot (under a minute!) and easy support for everything I do and use (scanning, printing, coding, browsing, using the dvorak key layout, etc) besides games.
Over the years, I have gotten in at least some of my family to begin using it. My mom used an ubuntu acer laptop until dad decided to install windows 7. The week of, there was a virus. My dad is an educated and skilled user, but is still stubborn. Now she (mom) uses a netbook using the netbook remix. She is almost proud to be different, and have one of the most usable computers of anyone.
I am proud to be a linux (KDE) user, and I am proud to be a part of this community. Thanks, ubuntu!