Perhaps it's my imagination, but it seems the activity level at the "new to ubuntu" forum is way down from levels of even a year ago (or especially 3-6 years ago). If so, what if anything does that mean? Are new users to Ubuntu declining, if so, is there a connection to the "challenges" of installing Linux with current hardware (e.g., uefi/gpt)?
My last install on a new system was the easiest of any system I ever had . . . . I just went to System76 and ordered a new PC. I tend to believe however, that most new linux users are not very aware of the existence or possibility of these options (buying pre-loaded PC's) - - but could that be a reason for the reduced "newbie" input? (if it really is reduced, maybe it's just my incorrect conclusion).