From Maties Ubuntu
The campus IT department does not officially support Ubuntu
Please refer to the Ubuntu campus community for support
The Ubuntu campus community only supports LTS releases
The latest LTS version of Ubuntu is 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)
You can test systems before buying if you ask the seller to run the Ubuntu Live CD/DVD/USB on it
During installation Ubuntu attempts to detect all the hardware and configures the hardware using available open source drivers (commonly called kernel modules) with the most reliable settings. Click on a link below to do more specific hardware setups.
Visit: https://help.ubuntu.com/12.04/ubuntu-help/hardware.html for hardware help.
Visit: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/HardwareSupport for officially supported hardware
Visit: http://odm.ubuntu.com if you intend to use Ubuntu on your own custom designed hardware