Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Lenovo Thinkpad - Now With Linux

Lenovo, makers of the formerly IBM Thinkpad, have just announced at the 2007 LinuxWorld Conference and Expo that they'll now be offering Linux operating systems on new Thinkpad T60p laptops, one of their leading core business models. According to this Reuters article, the 3rd largest PC maker will be shipping Thinkpads pre-installed with Novell's Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 (SLED 10), one of the leading Linux distros. Slated to go on sale later this year, they will be sold to Lenovo's business customers as well as to consumers.

This isn't the first PC company to offer Linux as an alternative to Microsoft Windows. Just this past May, Dell began offering laptops and desktops loaded with Ubuntu 7.04 Linux, one of the most popular distros. Evidently, even Michael Dell himself uses Ubuntu on his home laptop. Dell is not new to Linux - as far back as 1999, Dell has been offering Red Hat Linux on it's Enterprise systems, and thousands are now running corporate websites.

It's a long, slow process, but it seems that finally the general public is beginning to like the idea of an alternative to Microsoft Windows. I think that some of this new push for Linux is fueled by the release of MS's new Vista operating system, which has been panned by reviewers here, and here, and rejected by many users. There's even a BadVista campaign to get people to avoid buying it.

My suggested solution? Time to move to Linux! I use XP on my desktop, mostly because I need to know how it works so I can repair customers computers, but my two laptops now run versions of Linux. One is running MEPIS Linux, and the other is now loaded with PCLinuxOS, both excellent alternatives to Windows. There are several other Linux distros that would make the transition fairly easy for migrating Microsoft users. Xandros 4.0, LinuxMint, DreamLinux, and Linspire all offer an easy learning curve for former Windows users crossing over to Linux.

Take the plunge, and dump Windows! You'll feel better about yourself in the morning.

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