With an Intel Haswell processor, 128Gb SSD and 4Gb of RAM the Surface pro 2 is ripe for installing Ubuntu on..
So I did by following various instructions around the web like these and it does install, and runs well, however something became very apparent.
Unity isn't as touch friendly as you'd think it is. Sure the desktop and the side menu are well designed for touch, the problem is and this may be device specific everything is a bit small and while it is possible to do what Microsoft have done on the surface and increase the font size by 150%.
The window close, minimze and maximize buttons are far too small as well and while the stylus does work well I am looking for more of a touch experience.
The final issue i found was the on screen keyboard, the other vendors have this right, the keyboard pops up when you need to type, and disappears when you don't on a stock Ubuntu install the screen keyboard is a vast improvement on that of yore which can be resized.but its not as intuative as the other platforms.
It's interesting what actually using an interface on a touch only device can do for finding issue with it.
I'm sure over the next few iterations of the OS and GUI changes will be moved towards the tablet infrastructure. I'm sure as Canonical find reference tables in the same way they have with the phone variant of the OS they will solve these issues.
This hasn't been written as a negative article, the OS is quick, it runs well, once you get the wifi drivers working, the HDMI out works, the MiniSD is solid and the USB3 doesn't flutter a bit. The interface however might need a rethink..