Everything works on my HP laptop straight out of the box.
I connect my Vodafone USB Internet box and it gets recognized. The touch screen is working, all codecs and proprietary drivers were presented to be activated and my machine is even running faster as I've stumbled on small tool to tweak the clock rate of the CPU to peak performance.
Since I was reinstalling from scratch, this was a perfect opportunity to clean things up since I've been doing a lot of experiments that leave too many junk files behind.
This new version is simply working great and was so simple to setup. I even installed this new OS version using a pendisk and the process to create them is remarkably easy when compared to the respective windows counterparts.
Ubuntu is getting better and better at large steps without doubt.