Hardware firm Lenovo and Linux distributor Novell have teamed up to launch a Thinkpad laptop computer that runs the SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 operating system.
The Thinkpad T60p machines – an inch thick and weighing 4.7lbs – are based on Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology and are aimed at electronic design engineers and others who need high-end specifications.
The new product, announced at the LinuxWorld conference in San Francisco, is designed to support remote working in a Linux environment with intensive applications usually associated with desktop PCs.
Novell is pitching the product as one that can “open new doors for corporate desktop users”, part of a step up in the Linux distributor’s attempts to interest corporate buyers as the impending release of Microsoft’s Windows Vista prompts IT departments to consider the open source Linux as a potential alternative.
Lenovo is offering help centre support to Linux users who purchase selected models of the ThinkPad T60p, while Novell will continue to support core operating system questions and issues.
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