Who here believes that Ubuntu has a large user base because they target windows users? Given the likes of NixiePixel on youtube, an avid Ubuntu user:
I feel that Ubuntu targets people who aren't so technically minded... Maybe transitional users who wish to try something different to windows. For that reason, I would argue that it's a good distro. But for existing linux users, how many people keep using Ubuntu 5 years down the track. This reminds me of Mandriva and SuseLinux in many ways. So I'm not sure I care if it feels dumbed down or focuses on cutting edge to attract it's user base. It's simply not my cup of tea, now that I'm a long term Linux user. I'm going to use a different OS regardless of their plans to haul over more M$ users.