Models in Lenovo’s Thinkpad laptop line will be preloaded with Linux for the first time later this year.
Lenovo announced at the LinuxWorld conference in San Francisco that it will begin shipping Linux-based Thinkpads in the US in Q4, favouring Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10.
The laptop maker will sell the Linux systems to both commercial and individual customers. It will also provide support for the operating system directly, the first time that it has done so, it said, with Novell offering maintenance updates for the system directly to the Thinkpad users.
Previously, Lenovo had certified Thinkpads for use with Linux, but had not made the OS available directly to its customers.
The world's number three PC maker, Lenovo may be attempting to answer moves by its next largest rival, Dell, which began loading Linux from Ubuntu. It did not announce pricing or a specific shipping date.