Over the past month, I have been trying to determine if buying a new ThinkPad to run Ubuntu exclusively, is for me. I've never liked Windows and I don't like what OS X has become. I stopped updating it since Snow Leopard but stopped loving it after Tiger.
I tested out the latest release of Ubuntu today on what was once a top of the line Vaio laptop (2004). The experience was orders of magnitude worse (slower) than XP. My research suggests that Unity (is that correct?) is too much for that little lappie. Is that a general consensus on running 12 on older machines?
I am a solid OS X user, save for the more intricate Terminal commands. I do like out-of-box functionality but am willing (and excited) to customize Ubuntu to my liking but I am worried that I will lose some of the ThinkPad functionality with Ubuntu; mostly battery optimization. Is that a valid concern or just a newcomer worry?
I'm concerned that I will be sitting in front of a new ThinkPad T or X series with Ubuntu and realize I'm not skilled or patient enough to research and correct bugs, addons, or serious problems. Are fixes straightforward or still truly the domain of longtime Linux users?
I've read that IBM/Lenovo certifies some models for Ubuntu. Does that mean that under Linux, ThinkPad drivers will work 100%? I can feel myself start to ramble so I'll end with this: Is it worth buying a high end machine strictly for Ubuntu for someone like me? or should I stick with the rotting Apple? Thank you!