I'm not going to get to involved in the OMG Linux doesn't support new hardware debate but I have a Intel 7260 802.11 AC with BT 4 and it was good to go as soon as I installed it..
I'm a bit lost on where the thread went but I'm guessing people figured I was complaining about drivers. The card worked. Sometimes for hours, sometimes for 10 minutes between going down. Drivers weren't the problem. I'm guessing a hardware defect of some kind as it is widely reported problem with this laptop. Solved by a number of people on google by changing the wifi card. I really don't know and can only guess at the root of the issue though.
Minor update however I am currently on Ubuntu and will stay with it for awhile. Have no complaints. Today a new Intel 6235 Centrino with Bluetooth 4.0 came in the UPS and I swapped it out in less than 5 minutes. Rock solid all day. Not one single disconnect from the lan ( my redneck internet not withstanding ). And now I own a retail copy of Windows 8.1 Pro which I can repurpose to someone, who I don't know but retail so I can get a few bucks for it at least.
I have tasted the freedom that linux offers, I cannot go back to that nonsense anymore. I am going to try a debian testing netinstall sometime in the near future. I don't agree with Canononical very much but I see the merit in Unity as much as many may not.
*EDIT* Nonsense referring to Internet Explorer crashing on me a couple times + a few other things. Probably biggest issue was the removal of cleartype or whatever they did that makes older applications blurry as hell. Definitely not worth 200 bucks.
*EDIT 2* I have just found that my new wireless card is recognized by Debian enough to tell me which driver to download and put on a flash drive to use for installation. Goin Debian testing later tonight. Everything is looking up.
Edited by Tadaen Sylvermane - 3/4/14 at 2:57pm