Tristan Rhodes blogs thorough about the useability of Ubuntu in this post – plenty of analysis.
Read it here
Overall, this process was not very hard, especially if you consider how far Linux has come in the past few years. Once I completed the steps described above, my computer was ready for me to use. Based on the specifications for Feisty, the next version of Ubuntu will require even less work to get going. You can be sure that I will create a similar post about that version and share my experiences.