No offense, but you're spouting off ignorantly (you thought the Pro was an Atom device?). The cheapest MacBook Air has exactly the same specs at exactly the same price. "which would arguably have a better feature list" is simply hogwash. Once you step down from your fanboi chair you won't be able to name a single feature the MacBook Air has over the Surface Pro. In contrast, as Bass points out, there are a few features in the Surface that don't exist in the MacBook Air (touch, digitizer/pen input). The price is high because this is a high end device, but it's more than competitive with devices in that range.
Good catch. You're totally right there. I read elsewhere that it was going to be a Clover Trail chip to help ensure battery life. Turns out that's not the case with the Surface Pro now, although several of the other OEMs are going the Atom route. Estimates for battery life with the i5 processor are a bit low.... in the 6 hour range. The Win8 tablets running Clover Trail have been getting much better battery life, albeit at slower clock speeds.
Yes you don't need/want touch for VS but hit F5 and you probably do.
For some people, the price/feature ratio is too high. For others this is quite a deal. Personally, the digitizer/weight/tablet capability gives the Pro the flexibility to make it worth purchasing when it comes out.
It all comes down to selecting the right tools for your toolbox.
But the Surface Pro, which this thread is about, is just an Intel-based ultrabook under the hood, so running Linux on it should be trivial.
On Surface Pro you will be able to, yes. Although you still might need to jailbreak or disable SecureBoot in order to disable the trusted boot into Windows.
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