For those not to familier with the Linux world, Ubuntu (http://www.ubuntu.com/) have released version 8.10 of the desktop release and just like the others, it has been a great upgrade. Something missing for me in previous releases has been the lack of integrated support for my Vodafone usb dongle. This is now fixed and once you plug it in, the device is recognised quickly and you are prompted to configure it.
Selecting the configuration tool brought me to a wizard where I selected the Vodafone provider and was online straight away.
there were two issues I had, one was with vmware workstation not able to reconfigure itself for the new kernel (not an Ubuntu issue), this was an easy fix with a patch available here http://www.insecure.ws/2008/10/20/vmware-specific-specific-55x-and-kernel-2627 (thanks Kang)
The second issue was with my Dell Latitude D600, when I pressed the function and arrow keys to adjust the screen brightness, the keyboard stops responding. Googling revealed the problem to be with a large number of Dells and a kernel patch is being tested to resolve the issue (note that this problem is due to the way Dell operate the keyboard and is not a Linux or Ubuntu issue)
If you have been thinking about converting to Linux, now is your chance, the install is smooth and the operating system performs as nice as any other or better!