It's vacation time, hurrah, and your editor has two
whole weeks to play. And to slip in a bit of work, taking the Teo
netbook on a 2500-mile roadtrip through the wilds of Montana to
give it the ultimate real-world torture-test.
Money's a little tighter than it used to be, so I haven't been
buying new gadgets like I used to. I've been wanting a nice
netbook, but have held off from buying one for various reasons.
Like the Lenovo Ideapad, which I reviewed
"A very sad, regretful thumbs down, because as much as
I like this little computer I hate how Lenovo mis-markets Linux,
and I refuse to pay for a Windows license when I don't want one.
It's a stupid ripoff."
The nice folks at ZaReason, which is one of my favorite
independent Linux OEM vendors, restored my faith in netbooks by
sending me their tough Teo
to review. Then they generously agreed to an extended loan so I
could take it on vacation and really put it through its paces.
Ordinarily I would lug along my big Thinkpad, but not this time.
Little Teo is going to get a comprehensive road test. Webcam,
roaming wifi, audio recordings-- this is going to be fun. I mean
work. Yes, very serious work.
You know what I like most about independents like ZaReason? They
get it. Dell, HP, Acer, ASUS, and all those other giants of tech
treat Linux like it's the hardest technology on the planet. You,
me, and thousands of other Linux users can handle routine updates
and upgrades, installations, and troubleshooting. ZaReason, System
76, Emperor Linux, and all the other excellent Linux vendors
support multiple versions of Linux and roll out new Linux releases
without fuss. Dell, HP, Lenovo, and all the rest make a huge hairy
deal out of grudgingly supporting one or two distros, and freak out
at the idea that anyone would ever want to upgrade or change the
defaults. Well excuse us all to heck for wanting to use our own
Fie on the lardbuckets of tech, for we have better options. Have
a good time while I'm gone, be nice to my substitute editors, and
I'll see you in a couple of weeks!