"It does not speak well of the industry that so many Linux
netbooks ship with major defects and pointless, broken
customizations. What's so hard about it, anyway? Any
moderately-experienced Linux user can easily customize Linux
however they like; there are all kinds of excellent, easy utilities
to do this. All the vendor has to do is make sure of a reasonable
package selection and that all of the hardware works.
"But, as usual, I digress. A mobile phone-enabled netbook is my
dream machine. 3G is miraculous; it marks the end of the endless
hunt-for-a-wireless-portal. A 10" screen is plenty big enough to do
real work and is easily luggable. Throw in a Bluetooth phone
headset and I'm ready to hit the road. I have absolutely zero need
or desire to walk and yak on the phone, or drive and yak on the
phone, or sit in restaurants and yak on the phone, or go to movies
and concerts and yak on the phone. I'm quite comfortable leaving
the whole works at home. I don't mean to induce insecurity and
terror in anyone, but it is possible to go naked and not carry a
phone at all."
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