I hope Ubuntu follows (for once only) Windows proposed 8.2 and offer both a traditional and Unity desktop as an option. (I realize this can be done by a different DE now.) See this article.
A Windows XP laptop that fell victim to a Blue Screen of Death was saved with some help from Linux.
From PCWorld: Failing Hard Drive: Linux to the Rescue
Guys, do yourselves a favor and read this short piece about how Linux plays a vital role in system recovery.
This is one of those annoyances I have. I hear so many saying the Desktop is dead. There are so many reasons why it will never die. I read this article that covered a fair amount of reasons why the desktop computer will never die.
There are many more reasons but this a good start.