I've been a casual linux user since about 2003. Started dual booting with Mandrake then tried out Red Hat 8 and 9. I've been running a few dedicated servers with Fedora Core and Red Hat Enterprise installs which have been flawless. Haven't used linux on my desktops though for a while since about 2005. Tried Warty out but wasn't compelled to switch yet; back to Windows. Tried Edgy out too and it was nice, Beryl was a nice addition too; but again back to Windows. Every time I relied on Windows as a crutch and always went back. About a week ago I decided my only chance at using a Linux desktop full time was to not dual boot at all and dedicate one machine to it. What better way than to use my laptop for this since I use it every night when I begin to wind my day down. I was a little hesitant though because it's wireless which has been problematic in past experiences.
Anyhow - cut to the chase... wireless works flawlessly just had to type in my WPA password and I was online. I was able to join my network and view network drives without ANY configuring which took about half an hour to figure out with Windows. Also, I wanted to play a media file, but needed a codec. No problem Ubuntu said, here it is just click install. Windows never did this, I had to search for myself and click links and hope it would be the right one.
I must give it up to the Ubuntu team you guys are making linux a true desktop option. I only had to use the CLI once and that was for 'uptime'. Linux die-hards might love to hack around with the CLI and install packages and compile - but I don't. I don't have the time to read the manual, install package after package, use the CLI to do a ton of stuff, etc. Maybe I'm just lazy, but when I sit down at the computer it is to enjoy using it, not working hard to make it work.
I see no reason to switch my laptop back to Windows. It works and does everything I want it to do, I'm happy. Thanks Ubuntu keep up the great work.