I was a hardcore windows user for years. I already tried Ubuntu 12.10 by using wubi. But in my exerpience, the wubi version is feeling a bit too much as a virtual machine version of ubuntu, and I succeed to destroy my wubi install within a few days (noob?).
Here is the problem: I want to run Ubuntu on one of my computers or otherwise I am interested in buying a computer capable of running Ubuntu.
I have a laptop (HP Pavilion DM1), that had no CD-drive, and sees the Ubuntu-USB as USB-floppy during the boot. Which cases a failure on loading the USB. And it does not read the USB when I select it manually. And Wubi is not really an option for me.
I also have another Computer that is brand-less and has parts from very different manufacturers. This PC does not recognize the Ubuntu USB and the Ubuntu CD during a boot.
Another solution would be a new other laptop. But in that case I want a laptop that can run Ubuntu for 100% sure. And it has to be not to expensive. And because I want to use Ubuntu, I don't want to pay for another useless windows serial key. I life in the Netherlands and I really have no idea or there are pay-able (so not overpriced) laptops sold in the Netherlands that have Ubuntu pre-installed, or where ubuntu can be installed on (without paying for another windows licence).
So what do you, the Ubuntu community recommend? Do you have an solution so I could run it on my current computers as dual boot or would it be better to buy a new laptop? And what would be a good laptop to get started with, that are being sold in the Netherlands?