I've been looking for myself, and one that stood out was the Xperia Z1 compact from sony. My primary issue was the battery endurance, but it seems to be able to get all the frequencies required by 4G.. http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_x...
And of course, make sure that there is no part of the workflow that requires proprietary software that could not run, or not have a viable alternative (by viable, I mean, that the users can handle without looking back) on Linux.
I made the switch for all our sales people at $WORK, and even the boss, but you need to show them at least how to get the minimal stuff done, or you'll get as much (if not more) support to handle than on Windows. Which shouldn't be the plan. 2 years after the switch, I can say mission accomplished, the only thing I was asked about were alternatives way of doing things they couldn't figure out just by googling it (and probably couldn't have on Windows either anyway). But we mostly use LibreOffice, Firefox & Thunderbird, so there was no real software compatibilities issues.
But then I read it was about a gas cloud.. Not some vapor- oh wait..
Then, you have 2 cons mainly.. a) PDF.. already mentionned here, but even if there are workarounds, it's mainly terrible.. b) the format.. can't really be happy with the amazon ebook format, but well, it works ®..
I'm happy with my Kindle, and as it's not a smart-tab-computer-coffee-machine, it's actually a lot better to stay focused on what you're reading, which enabled me to actually... read faster
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- there is a real public audit of the software, should it still be developped by a selected corporation
- money is not lost for private parties, as in, they are many things that could benefit other people, companies.. If it's the taxpayers' money, what can be more transparent to give it back this way to them?
- it lowers the risk of lock-ins for the administrations, that usually end by costing a lot more when you need to buy again a new solution 3 years later..
I think there is a lot to write & tell about how the many general reasons to endorse opensource could be adapted to the government / administration specifics, in terms of local economy growth, global service & quality improvement of software, ability to share more easily the load between cities/states/whatever and so on..
As for my story, I was running 9.10 since alpha, and it went quite nicely.. Minor pulseaudio glitches that were solved over time and so on. At work and on my laptop, I've upgraded from Jaunty to Karmic when offered to do so by the update manager, and it went nicely too. No problem here, not even a dependency issue, it really went fine, and 2.6.31 is really nice to my setups
About all this issue.. I can't help but think it's more a PR prank than a real spotted issue.. The bugtracker doesn't tell that "that many" users are impacted, and also, that it may be more due to a ATI-card weirdness.. Heh. Not ubuntu's fault in the end, even if they could have worked around it..