Lenovo to Offer Linux

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Following in the footsteps of Dell, Lenovo and Novell recently announced an agreement to provide preloaded Linux on Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks and to provide support from Lenovo for the operating system (OS). The announcement came at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in San Francisco.

Beginning the fourth quarter of 2007, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 from Novell will be offered to commercial customers on Lenovo notebooks including the ThinkPad T series geared towards typical business users. Preloaded Linux will also be sold to individual customers.

This is the first time Lenovo will provide direct support for both the hardware and the OS. Novell will provide maintenance updates for the operating system directly to customers.

Sam Dusi, vice president of product marketing said in a statement "we have seen more customers utilizing and requesting open source notebook solutions in education, government and the enterprise since our ThinkPad T60p Linux announcement, and today's announcement expands upon our efforts by offering customers more Linux options."

It'll be interesting to see if other companies start offering alternatives to Windows, too. Ars Technica has a little more information.

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