Ubuntu was at the top of their game (and at the top of the heap) with 10.04 LTS. It's been pretty much downhill since then. I would go with Mint Mate or LMDE Mate if you want some extra stability and some extra learning curve...;-)
Gave up my mod points for this thread, 'cause you sir/madam hit the nail on the head. If more people would stop doing business with these skxawng, they might try being a bit more polite and STOP CALLING US CONSUMERS!!!! Just sayin'''
I think Kurzweil is about right for 2029 assuming nothing big happens. If we just go rolling along with the research for the next 12 years, then MMIs will be amazingly advanced. My guess however is that we have at least a major depression and very possibly a world war to get through. I say somewhere around 2050...
Maybe they know something we don't. This setup will allow for an alternate comm path should the current satellites and cables become unavailable. Hams and the government would still be able to communicate. Assuming an EMP event, then most of the hams would be out of business and only the govt would still be able to communicate with the equipment that we paid for them to harden... Just sayin'