I've been hearing about the new Ubuntu Mobile OS being released and I've gotta say, I'm excited about it. But, to me it begs a question - whereas with many computers, installing Ubuntu/Linux isn't just about completing the process with the CD, but also requires some tinkering to get everything to "fit" properly for stability - will this likely be my experience of an Ubuntu phone?
For all intents and purposes, I'm a noob. I don't know Linux well enough to do all the post-install corrections and such on a desk or laptop, so I'm guessing the same would be true of my success doing so on a phone if it were necessary. I've had the experience of trying to install Ubuntu only to feel like I'm walking around in a minefield, trying to keep it from coming apart at the seems afterwards. Ultimately, I love the freedom and aesthetic of Linux and Ubuntu and want to use them, but until I learn to really make it work, the prospect makes me nervous. Even if I were a highly skilled Linux user, I need my phone to *work* as well as it would with proprietary phone OS's. A 911 call can't wait for me to stop and deal with unresolved dependencies, public-key issues or any number of errors that may have (for instance) inadvertently disabled dial-out.
So, people knowing more about this than I do - what are your thoughts? Will Ubuntu Mobile be a much-simplified version, not complicated enough for stability issues? Is there just no way to know until it's been in the market for a few cycles?