Lenovo and Novell are to offer the Linux operating system preloaded onto Lenovo ThinkPad notebook PCs. The announcement came on the same day that Dell stated its intention to sell PCs factory-installed with Ubuntu Linux.
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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 companies will offer Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 from Novell to commercial customers on Lenovo notebooks.
"We have seen more customers utilising and requesting open source notebook solutions in education, government and the enterprise," said Sam Dusi, VP of product marketing at Lenovo's notebook business unit.