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Friday, August 04, 2006

 

Lenovo to Load Linux on ThinkPad Laptop

Recently, IBM and Lenovo announced they plan to sell a laptop with Suse preloaded on it. I am glad that they decided to do this. I personally believe that the one major thing holding linux back is that no major PC makers preload linux onto PCs or offer PCs without Windows. HP has also allowed a few of their PCs to have linux on them as an OEM option, and Dell has the nSeries that are sold with FreeDOS. Sure, that is a start, but what would be nice is if a company offered to sell all of their PCs with the option of choosing between linux and windows (with a lower price for linux of course). It would be an easy way to sell computers for a lower price without risking profits. I am not surprised that IBM did this, as IBM has disliked MS ever since their messy breakup over the OS/2 project. I suspect HP may also start supporting linux since they feel MS's choice to delay Vista has hurt them a lot more than it hurt rival Dell as HP sells goods via store and Dell sells via internet or phone order.

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