PCWorld is reporting that US buyers won't get a chance to purchase Lenovo's least expensive netbooks slated for release this fall. While higher-end models of their new S10 IdeaPads with 10.2 inch screens and Windows XP will be selling in the States, buyers in every other major market will have access to 8.9" screen models running Linux.
While we can only speculate regarding what the cost would be for the smaller model here in the US, according to Lenovo's press release,
The IdeaPad S10 netbook PC will be available beginning in early October, and prices start at $399. The IdeaPad S10 netbook will be available through leading retailers, Lenovo business partners and www.lenovo.com.
Without the Windows tax and using a smaller LCD, a $300 price tag is not out of the question on a machine that weighs only 2 pounds and is an inch thick. Having reviewed the 8.9 inch screens on Intel's second-generation Classmates extensively, I can say with great assurance that LCDs of this size would be highly usable for students K-12.
Even with a more conservative estimate of $350 per machine (and the ability to ditch XP Home, which really has no place in an educational enterprise), these savings add up quickly.
When are folks going to learn? Linux is your friend on a netbook. Save the cash, buy more computers, get more kids online, and don't waste money on anti-malware products. Come on, Lenovo...even here in the States, we still like a bargain.