Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th Aug 2006 18:13 UTC
SuSE, openSUSE Lenovo debuted its first Linux-based laptops at LinuxWorld in San Francisco on Tuesday, running SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 provided through a partnership with Novell. The systems are the result of a two-year research effort by the two companies as well as Intel, whose Centrino Duo processors power the portable. The Thinkpad T60p is an inch thin and weighs 4.7 pounds. Several features of Lenovo's Windows-based notebooks, including Help Center support, the ThinkPad Configuration Utility, Power Manager and Access Connections have been ported to Linux, the company said.
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Thinkpad Pricing
by lfeagan on Tue 15th Aug 2006 19:57 UTC
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As a long time Thinkpad owner (and current owner of an X41 tablet, T42p and T43), I can say that all Thinkpads tend to be seen as overly expensive by most who look at them superficially and only consider clock speed, display size, and the like. I am trying to be careful here in my description to avoid turning this into a religious sounding discussion as a certain set of computer users tend to do. For a business professional on the go, the Thinkpad provides some features that are unavailable on other machines.

1) Battery life on my Thinkpads is nothing less than cosmic compared with similar notebooks from other manufacturers. The ability to use a 9-cell + the UltraBay slim battery on a plane trip to Europe and go nearly the entire way without recharging is great. When I have unexpected layovers in airports and everyone else is scrambling for the wall outlets, I always have confidence in my battery life pulling me through, even if I am installing Oracle and pounding the hard drive.

2) The weight of a Thinkpad T-series that matches the features of any comparable notebook is nearly always 0.7 to 1.0 pounds less. This may not seem like a lot to most, but when you are carrying a ton of things, and will then tote it around all day to meetings, shaving a bit of weight is always appreciated. Whenever I have had to carry another manufacturers notebook, I always am reminded how annoying they can be.
3) The keyboard on the Thinkpads is extremely nice. I am a programmer and have in fact purchased two of the desktop versions of the UltraNav keyboard which is identical to the keyboard in my T-series notebooks. As a programmer, having identical keyboards that I like is a great thing. I always feel like I am at a familiar keyboard as I carry a portable version of the keyboard with me as well. IBM has always made the loop complete for accessories for their systems. This requires a level of expenditure on their part that I am not convinced they recover purely through sales of those accessories.

4) The IBM warrany on the 'p' notebooks is always a 3-year warranty and comes with great service. The only time I have ever had a problem a Thinkpad was due to a very careless mistake I made one day when very tired from working on a project. I took responsibility for it, but they still replaced the entire system board for me at no cost. I called, they got a DHL box to me the next morning. DHL picked it up and got it to IBM the next morning. And it was back to me the next morning working perfectly again.

5) The 'p' series has the ATI FireGL graphics which adds a hefty amount to the price (around $500-$700) depending on the model. The 'p' always include a 7200 RPM hard drive, not a 5400 RPM one. The 'p' always come with Bluetooth and the best WiFi at the time. 'p' stands for 'performance' and they usually make good on that by putting in the best components they can find for their workstation-class users.

So, are they more expensive? For those who think of a notebook as some sort of desktop that they will never move, it is a very expensive proposition. For those who are mobile professionals, I can't think of a cheaper notebook that could come close to doing what my Thinkpads do. To me they are not expensive, they are what makes my life possible and I can't see living without such a high quality product.

Edited 2006-08-15 20:01

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