Lenovo to offer Linux on its latest ThinkPads

Chinese PC vendor Lenovo will soon start offering Linux as an option on some of its popular ThinkPad business notebooks, according to a report by DesktopLinux. The move will apply to the versions of Lenovo's ThinkPad T61 and ThinkPad R61 laptops with 14.1" displays, and DesktopLinux says both offerings will start at around $950 with Linux pre-installed.

Unlike Dell, which chose to pre-install Canonical's Ubuntu Linux onto its consumer Linux systems, Lenovo has opted for Novell's SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10. Both Linux distributions are based on the same GNOME desktop environment, so there is some visual consistency between them. However, the distros still use different taskbar menus, different package managers, and different control panel software.

Software aside, both the 14.1" ThinkPad R61 and the 14.1" ThinkPad T61 feature 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7250 processors, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, Intel GMA X3100 graphics, and 80GB hard drives in their base configurations. The ThinkPad T61 is leaner, however, starting at 5 lbs (2.3 kg) with a 1.1" (2.8 cm) thickness compared to the R51's 5.2-lb (2.4-kg) weight and 1.2" (3-cm) thickness.

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