I just ordered one (sylvania g netbook). Want to look it over and then give it to a client who knows nothing of computers.
Fair warning. The hardware on the g is brilliant. The software as shipped is horrific and gives you a truly crippled system. If you're going to give this machine to someone who knows nothing about computers they are going to absolutely HATE it and with very good reason. Don't give it to your client unless you are willing to fix the problems first. Otherwise return the thing and get a g Meso instead. The price difference isn't that big anymore.
OK, here are the issues with the g:
1. It ships with gOS 2.92, a beta with issues. It can be upgraded to gOS 3.0 using an iso on the Sylvania site. You need an external (usb) CD drive to install it.
2. gOS 2.92 comes with a Realtek wireless driver that is the absolute pits. It has very limited range and drops connections. gOS 3.0 does fix this or else you can blacklist the driver and install one that actually works. FWIW, VL 6 has the same awful driver.
3. The processor is a 1.2GHz Via C7-M ULV which supports frequency scaling. In gOS 2.92 or 3.0 you have an old 2.6.24.x kernel that doesn't have this support. If you don't install a kernel patch the system comes up underclocked to 600MHz (yes, half speed) and is slow and can't be changed. Once patched powernowd does work well. (vcpufreq in VL6 works out of the virtual box.)
4. gOS 2.92 or 3.0 ships with an older proprietary Via Chrome video driver with broken 3D acceleration. Upgrading to the newest open source Via Chrome driver fixes the problem. 3D works well with the new driver.
5. gOS makes their system idiot proof by hiding the terminal and any tools needed to install or upgrade software. It comes with a beta of Firefox 3 which is buggy and insecure. It comes with an insecure kernel too. You need to edit the .desktop files in /usr/share/applications to reenable Synaptic (the GUI package manager) and gnome-terminal or else create launchers for them. For a new user I'd also install update manager which pops up an icon in the panel when updates are needed.
6. Some apps are poorly configured and open in windows that are too large for the screen resolution. Make sure your client knows about ALT+mouse drag to move windows where you can't see the title bar.
If you fix all those things then you do have a brilliant little machine. I love mine. I just don't recommend it for anyone who isn't computer savvy. OTOH, if you fix all those things for your client he'll just thing the Sylvania is a great product