I don't mean to be controversial here. But out of real interest: I notice that a question like What is the best notebook to run Ubuntu? attracts quite a lot of upvotes.
That does make sense: before people buy hardware they would like to inform themselves. Why is it though that we do not accept questions asking for shopping recommendations?
- to avoid spam (hardware vendors answering)?
- because it is too subjective?
- because there is no guarantee that the suggested hardware will work?
Should hardware recommendations not simply get the same status as software recommendations? Again, I'm not searching for controversy.
If certain vendors do not play nicely with ubuntu, it might be nicer to know in advance (I'm looking at you Nvidia Optimus). Also I think hardware will become more and more important in the mobile market.
Would these questions be an added value?