After Dell broke the ice for pre-installing Linux on desktops and netbooks in 2007, the other major OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) reluctantly tried it out. Some, like Lenovo, backed right out of the Linux desktop market again. As 2010 dawns though, Lenovo and HP are both back in the pre-installed desktop Linux game.
Lenovo gets the 'credit' for the oddest laptop, with or without Linux, that I've ever seen. The IdeaPad U1 is two computers in one ‚Äî or, as my fellow technology writer Mitch Wagner describes it: "It's the mullet of notebook computers: Business in the front, party in the back."