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You are right, I have not looked at the dates.
I think the best approach to your problem would be to first look for a machine that fits your needs and the use a websearch to look for Linux compatibility of the device. Sadly there seems not to be any device that comes with Linux by default.
I'm a bit afraid they don't have enough power for the kind of work I would do, though. Plus, for web designing, 10' seems a bit too small.
I'm trying to look around for 15' laptops in shops, but it seems that the tablet fad has killed convertible laptops outright and I can't find a shop selling them in order to ask them to run an ubuntu cd and see how they react...
Distribution: K/Ubuntu 12.04/14.04, Scientific Linux 6.3/6.4, Android-x86, Pretty much all distros at one point...
I have a Gigabyte M912-M and a Dell Inspiron Duo,... the nicer of the two is the Duo, but they're out of stock & Dell's got a replacement machine designed for Win8 slated for fall launch. Gigabyte has successor models as well. Avoid any machine with GMA500 or GMA600 Intel graphics (look at an Intel Atom processor chart).
Key sticking points for any of these machines are: The potential necessity for grub edits to get hardware to boot right,... Drivers for touchscreen (usually no multitouch), wifi & bluetooth... Support for accelerometers (usually none),... Suspend/Hybernate states and wake-up issues.
Do your homework first.
I briefly had a Lenovo S10-3t, until the cabling in the hinge failed,... RMA'd & I didn't bother to get another, that's when I went for the Duo... When the hardware worked the S10-3t was an excellent convertible. My understanding is that it will run 12.04 out of box with almost no tweaking required (except adding user "enhancements" to things like screen rotation). Single touch on the capacitive touch screen only, though (same as my Dell).
The Sony Ultra Tablet had a few features that Linux users might find helpful.
1)usb-on-the-go, allows you to plug in usb keyboard or mouse
2)has very good specs
3)can install the new mobile version of Ubuntu
4)better than Samsung (imo)
5)water resistant makes it great on the road, light, thin, big clear screen, long battery life
I've never had good luck with dell. Lenovo and Acer are OK. I default to Asus, which makes a tablet/laptop combo.