I’m using the last version, and I love it. There were a few issues early on, but they got patched. Wouldn’t trade it back for my old MacBook.
I’m sure they will get the fixes in and this laptop will be running Linux great out-of-box.
Are they likely to do that? As you say it would be great if I could just format with a 2016 Linux distro and everything just worked. I’m not a Linux compiling sort though, so I won’t be buying one at the moment.
They seem to be upstreaming all their patches into the kernel. So I’d say it’s very likely to do exactly that. Once the patches are merged and the distros ship with a recent-enough kernel, there shouldn’t be any blockers.