I'm looking for just a general idea of how good/bad of an idea this is.
I have a Lenovo ThinkPad X200 Tablet. I mostly use this laptop for notes in class, crappy drawings when I'm bored, and minor (very minor because the GPU is awful) gaming. Since I don't use any major Windows-only applications, I was considering installing something less demanding. From what I understand, Ubuntu's new version (12.04) has insane power savings over Windows 7, something that is extremely good when I start classes up again.
My doubts lie in the fact that back when I originally got this laptop, I tried out Ubuntu 8.something on it. The touch screen was basically unusable. From what I understand the touch mechanics were unsupported by Ubuntu at the time and the drivers were third-party garbage. As I like writing out my notes and what not, this made it a deal breaker for me.
As I haven't kept up with the Linux/Ubuntu news, I was wondering if someone could fill me in regarding this and whether or not it would be a good idea for me to switch to it. Like I said, I heard of impressive battery life improvements over Windows 7, and I hear the touch screen capabilities are significantly improved since Ubuntu 8.x. If I can still write out notes and draw on it, as well as improve my battery life, then I'm pretty much set because that's mostly what I use it for.
Any information would be great.
Side note: I'm not a newbie when it comes to Linux, so I understand that using it and working with it can be more complex/difficult than Windows. I've used Ubuntu in the past, for a while now on and off. I only need to know if compatibility for what I want to do has improved to the point where it's finally usable.