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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My guess
by fretinator on Tue 15th Aug 2006 19:17 UTC
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2005-07-06

Here is why I think the price is a bit high:

You are paying for the R&D to get Linux fully working on the laptop (hibernate,sleep,etc) as well as employing the tech support people to support the OS. This is the price of a _currently_ niche market.

Edited 2006-08-15 19:18

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RE: My guess
by kaiwai on Wed 16th Aug 2006 05:20 in reply to "My guess"
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2005-07-06

The software they're ported is merely the front ends to existing tools; all the above functions you're talking about are all covered by the ACPI specification, which Linux supports out of the box; its all about giving the machine the right 'signals' to activate said features.

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RE: My guess
by Isolationist on Wed 16th Aug 2006 08:24 in reply to "My guess"
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2006-05-28

Getting ACPI (hibernate, suspend, sleep, etc) working for Linux on the majority of laptops is a breeze in my experience.

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