The Real Lenovo Laptop Deal

Contrary to the details in the original story, Lenovo will not be preloading Linux on a new Thinkpad. From the article:
The new “Linux-enabled” Lenovo laptop launched this week at LinuxWorld will not actually come “pre-loaded” with Novell SUSE Linux, a high-ranking Lenovo official said today, contradicting some industry reports stating otherwise.
Aggarwal maintained that Lenovo will be the first mobile PC maker to provide full phone support for a Linux laptop. Moreover, all Linux drivers needed for the T60p will be downloadable directly from Lenovo's Web site.
But he told LinuxPlanet that the T60p–an inch-thin, 4.7-pound laptop based on Intel's Centrino Duo processing technology–will be sold with a “blank hard disk.”

Not quite as exciting as the original speculation and certainly not the breakthrough deal for OEM Linux. That being said, it is a step in the right direction and it's good to see proper phone support and Linux drivers available directly from Lenovo. At over $3,000USD for a 14 inch screen though, I don't see this being a big seller in the end. This is another small iterative step in the evolution that will probably realistically take another couple years.
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One Response to The Real Lenovo Laptop Deal

  1. Anonymous says:

    I don't think that I'm going to be getting one any time soon. I've kind of been watching the Dell Inspiron 9400 and the Acer Ferrari. The Dell's a bit scary to think about right now until the battery issue is worked out, but they're both in an attainable price range, even tricked out with lots of RAM and HD space. And, how about a 17″ screen?

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