But since there is no Linux option for the Samsung N series, the big question question was - is Windows the dealbreaker? While I bitterly regret paying Microsloth any money at all, no, because I knew I could upgrade the machine to EasyPeasy if I found I couldn't take it any more.
The machine arrived last week, in a cute little carton which seemed to weigh next to nothing. With some trepidation, I fired it up. Within an hour, I'd installed Firefox (obviously), Chrome (brilliant - now my main browser on this machine), Flash, Adobe Air, Twhirl and all the endless XP updates. Without breaking a sweat. One question for Windows geeks: the N120 came with Macafee Internet Security - good enough or do I need to put Sophos on it?
Then came the big one. I plugged in my T-Mobile 3G dongle, did a 20 second wizard-driven install and it just worked...
On Friday, I took it down to FoTE09 - and was impressed. The battery life is perhaps not quite the advertised 10 hours in real world circumstances, but it is easily 2-3 times what I used to get out of my Macbook, and this machine is so much smaller and lighter. The keyboard is good, even with my fat fingers. Although Windoze is occasionally a pain, I may upgrade it to Windows 7 when I can get it for free via the Microsoft Campus Agreement. And until there's an Apple netbook, I may never look back.
My name is Alan Cann, and I am a Windows user.