Review: Lenovo's S10e Linux Ideapad | Page 2

We did have to do a little command line magic to get the unit to recognize the Bluetooth mouse. First try with the included utilities didn't work but a quick Google search turned up just the fix in the form of the hidd command as follows:

$ sudo hidd --search

With the mouse set in discover mode the command found it and connected it straight away. It even worked after closing the lid and letting the machine go to sleep. It only took a few seconds for it to start working again after opening the lid, turning on the Bluetooth mouse and giving it a wiggle. We did manage to get the S10e into a strange video mode a few times after bringing it out of sleep mode. Closing the lid and letting it go back to sleep seem to fix the issue when we opened it back up again.

Another configuration step we needed to accomplish was to change the network interface to allow browsing of Windows networks. Our test network has several different file servers including a Linux-based network attached storage (NAS) box, a Windows Home Server and multiple desktops and laptops running a wide range of OSes. Once the wireless interface was set as internal we were able to see all files on all servers.

Newvine Installed software on the S10e is impressive including Open Office 2.4 Novell edition, The GIMP, Firefox 3.0, Evolution, Helix Banshee, the F-Spot photo manager and Tomboy for note taking. If you don't find what you need, there's an easy-to-use software update tool to help you find it. You will have to go through a registration process to connect to the Novell-sponsored repositories, but it doesn't take long.

From a cost perspective you get lots of bang for your buck with the S10e. MSRP for the unit we tested is $379 and you can find it cheaper if you look around. There's also a version with a 4GB solid state disk (SSD) for the exact same price if you'd prefer that. The SSD version comes with the 6-cell battery as well.

HP has released the successor to the HP2133 in the form of the HP 2140. It keeps much of the good parts of the original design including the keyboard but fixes many of the original complaints including the heat issues and a more powerful Intel Atom processor. The 2140 has the same 10.1" screen and similar specs to the Lenovo S10e. It also comes with a higher price tag with models starting in the $499 price range.

Both HP and Lenovo have jumped head long into the netbook market with multiple offerings. At CES both companies showed off a variety of models targeted at different buyers. HP even has a Vivienne Tam edition you can buy for that special someone for Valentine's day. ASUS hasn't slowed down their pace of releasing new models either.

With all these manufacturers vying for a chunk of the market that ASUS created, it should prove to be a very interesting year from a buyer's perspective. Newer models with faster processors, more memory and other twists like the mini Tablet-PC convertible model from ASUS will only make the buying decision more difficult. From the consumer's side of the table it all looks good.

For more information on the various S10 models, visit the Lenovo site.

Article courtesy of LinuxPlanet.com.

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