After 5 or so years of running MAC OSX for my desktop, I've decided to go back to Linux.
Don't get me wrong, Apple has done a great job with making the user experience as seamless as possible. Even from a development standpoint, using xCode or Darwinports + eclipse IDE's are very easy to use. HOWEVER.
There are times that I need the flexibility - not to mention the bang for the buck you receive when purchasing non Apple products. Now, you loose out on that "tight user experience". At this point, it's an adventure I need to take.
My choice of laptop for this refresh cycle:
Lenovo Carbon X1.
8GB of memory, solid state drive, Corei7 quad core processors. Loosing the nVidia video card in exchange for Intel *bridge HD4000 video. Good enough for the majority of the work I'll be doing.
First things first:
Install base of Ubuntu 12.10 x64. I'm not here to debate builds - don't care. I want a decently supported desktop build, I'll see "how bad" unity is. Considering that corporate apps are predominately windows based, I'll still be relying on Vmware Workstation w/ unity for some of the crustier apps.
For those who care and are following suit, I plan on posting updates on "things needed" for this build.