My enjoyment for Linux is no joke at all. Besides the XPenguin that surfs the cario dock, of course (he's really not friendly, for your information). But to push that enjoyment even further, I'd like to see Ubuntu hit the shelves with a splat for "awesomeness."
Ubuntu at no deniable angle has been bringing new people to Linux for quite a few years now. It has been getting ever-so easy to use it, that when you demonstrate it to people that have never used Linux,. they actually want to try it out. This is a good thing. Though it does get backlash from the other users of Linux, it still proves over and over that it is the dominate front the Linux community needs. So why push it back? Is there a definite reason that Ubuntu should not be what people think of when they think "Linux?"
I've stressed in the past that Ubuntu One is a selling point for Ubuntu. Why Canonical does not utilise this aspect is a mind boggle. With Ubuntu One riding the wave with Ubuntu in-general, there could have already been a string pulled to drag in more users to Ubuntu.
There is that short fuse with Microsoft though - You know the one that ties up vendors (OEMs) in screwed up contracts, and agreements that make it really hard to sell anything other than Windows. This needs to stop, by law.
So there is System76. A complete Ubuntu OEM vendor. I wanted, and have said that I would prefer Ubuntu to hit the shelves at Wal-Mart. Particularly because a lot of people shop there. Who knows, Wal-Mart is probably twisted up with Microsoft, so that wouldn't work out as well as I think it would in the long run.
What to do? Help System76 open up a few retail stores around the US in large cities to see just how it'd pan out. Sure, a few million could be lost, but exposure would definitely be point. So for a flip of the coin, another vendor may attempt to chain a few more branches, too. What is the hurt?
Yep - This isn't a must, just a want. It's something people have been toying with the last couple of years. I'm sure Ubuntu would work decently with the catering of Canonical. If ASUS is not up to it, then help System76.
Even though 10.04 may be the stable version for the moment, Unity should instead be the stable. It is new, no denying that, but it's fresh. Quit poking around with it and make it the default.
If you show people regular Gnome, that's what they'll be used to and expect. It's like going to school, and being taught Microsoft Office instead of LibreOffice. So throw Unity out there first, as something for them to be used to. At worst case scenario, simply remove the bar and continue on.
There's tons that do not like Unity, who cares. The Unity is not for them. It's for Linux, the exposure. The point is to strike audiences of all kinds - That's what I feel Unity does. It does need a little improvement, but as I said, it's fresh--there's a lot to work from how it is at the moment.
I've seen about three or four other companies do things Ubuntu should've did, but didn't. ChromeOS, anyone? Canonical should be working closely, and more actively with their OEM partners. If it takes as much as buying a retailer for better control, then do it. Work fast, but efficiently, and Canonical is not doing this. Maybe the business side, but not so much the consumer side. And frankly, Ubuntu is a consumer distribution.
Skip over the inside of the Linux community. They will still be here, for any distribution. Get out there to the public, where you're not known. I hope this ASUS "deal" works out for the best, if not, the chance may have disappeared for retail-style Linux.