Simply put, Mark Shuttleworth has been gathering interest from the Ubuntu community and so far he doesn't believe there is sufficient interest to warrant a more detailed analysis in creating a high-end free software laptop. There has been no activity on the free-software-laptop mailing list and its Wiki page hasn't been updated since October. Hopefully things will change in the future, but for now it looks like this plan is a no-go.
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