Yes youre correct Nowadays its linux that seems to have the better hardware support (out of the box) for samoth to say 50/50 is proof he hasnt used something like ubuntu recently
To be fair, you should say that I said "50/50 (maybe 80/20 in the mean time, but still...)", but regardless of this:
Among the peripherals that I use are a Logitech keyboard, a Logitech mouse, a 3Dconnexion 6dof control, and a Seagate Replica, neither of which works. So, for me, it is more like 0/100.
Sure enough, the keyboard works as "keyboard", but none of the macro buttons and little of the extra stuff in it works (the volume dial does, granted). The mouse works as mouse, but the speed switching button does nothing (no biggie, but when I have a button, it should do something). The 6dof device didn't work at all under 8.02, though admittedly I've not tried under 10.10. And sure enough, the Replica works as harddisk just fine, but that's not what it is supposed to do. One can debate Replica's annoyances (which is really just Rebit rebranded and bundled with an ordinary USB disk) such as that it's certainly not overly intelligent on what it backs up, but among all the other backup solutions that turn out being just plain shit at the end of the day, Replica is the only one
that you plug in and that you never think about again until you need it, and then it turns out that it just saved your day. I've had this happen twice during the last year and my wife had it happen only a few days ago when, after getting her laptop upgraded, she noticed that the IT guy doing the migration didn't feel like copying the entire last month's work to the new machine, so he skipped that. Unluckily, Replica just doesn't work with Ubuntu, since the software on it is stricly Windows.
Ubuntu 8.02 would not boot if my life depended on it on a computer with a P5Q mainboard, which truly is not something exotic and wasn't anything special 2 years ago either (though 10.10 now works perfectly well with the exact same machine), and saying that getting hardware RAID-1 to work was a pain is truly the understatement of the millenium (I wouldn't ever install RAID-1 again anyway, but that is besides the point -- the point is it was a total quirk under Linux, whereas under Windows XP it was 2 clicks). When I last tried (which admittedly is a year ago already), my plain normal nVidia card didn't truly work either (well, it did work, kind of... but not nearly the same as under Windows).
So, no, my experience is not that everything works just fine. Most mainstream things work "kind of", but that's it. Which doesn't mean that Linux (and Ubuntu in particular) isn't a mighty fine thing for many applications, especially for a server... just as a main desktop machine, sorry no. Not for me at this time.