Lenovo S10 Netbook: Fabulous Hardware, Yuck Software
Mar 10, 2009, 21:07 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)
"Fast-forward to now, and everyone is selling netbooks, almost
(but not quite) like hotcakes. And thus we arrive at the subject of
this review, the Lenovo S10 IdeaPad, which I have had in my
possession for a couple of weeks now, and have enjoyed greatly.
This is on loan to me thanks to the nice folks at Phoenix
Technologies, who sent it to me to show off their instant-on
Linux-based environment, Phoenix HyperSpace. It also came with
Genuine Windows XP Home, SP3.
"I'm a Thinkpad fan from way back, though anymore I think it's a
misplaced loyalty because Lenovo treats Linux like the perv uncle
and keeps it hidden away, and plasters "We recommend Windows!" all
over the place. It took some detective work to find the S-series
IdeaPad netbooks on Lenovo.com, and forget finding one with Linux.
I about Googled my fingers off and found a number of reviews and
announcements that claimed it had either SUSE Linux or Linpus Linux
options, but I never found them. In fact I am getting very tired of
vendors who claim to love the penguin and Free/Open Source
software, and then make it impossible to actually purchase any OEM
Linux computers. That is why I stick with independent vendors like
ZaReason. They tell the truth.
"Even so I had high expectations for the IdeaPad. This model has
the following specs:"