Lenovo and Novell To Offer Linux Preload on ThinkPad Notebooks

Lenovo and Novell announced an agreement to provide preloaded Linux on Lenovo ThinkPad notebook PCs and to provide support from Lenovo for the operating system. The companies will offer SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 from Novell to commercial customers on Lenovo notebooks including those in the popular ThinkPad T Series, a class of notebooks aimed at typical business users, beginning in the fourth quarter of 2007. The ThinkPad notebooks with the Linux-preload will also be available for purchase by individual customers.

For the first time, Lenovo will provide direct support for both the hardware and operating system. Novell will provide maintenance updates for the operating system directly to ThinkPad notebook customers.

The two companies have a history of joint research and development spanning more than five years. For several years Lenovo has Linux-certified its ThinkPad notebook PC line and provided customers with the necessary tools to optimize the Linux experience on a ThinkPad notebook. Lenovo continues to offer Help Centre support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 that started with the ThinkPad T60p mobile workstation notebook.

Notebooks in the ThinkPad T Series feature the latest technologies along with Lenovo’s newest innovations, such as a Top Cover Roll Cage for extreme durability, ultra-fast wireless connectivity with Ultra Connect II and maximum battery life along with the Battery Stretch tool. Customers also benefit from the business applications delivered in SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10, including the productivity suite, an e-mail client and Web browser.

ThinkPad notebook PCs running Linux will be on display at Novell’s booth at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo from Aug. 6-9.

 [August 7, 2007]

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