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The Register: IBM plans Linux ThinkPads for Q3 - Transmeta?

Jun 12, 2000, 10:39 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)

"IBM is due to put some muscle behind its oft-professed support for Linux and actually do something about it later today. The company is to announce that it will offer Caldera OpenLinux 2.4 on ThinkPads... from Q3."

"Clearly we have here another sign of how exceeding slow the mills grind round at Big Blue. It's been possible to run Linux on ThinkPads for yonks, IBM has been committed to preinstalling Linux on ThinkPads for yonks plus n, and the company even managed to screw up by getting ThinkPads accidentally certified compatible with Red Hat a little while back. Accidentally, because nothing had actually changed between the not -certified and certified stages."

"IBM's big problems, apart from the company tending to prefer talkware to shipware, have concerned hardware IP. The ThinkPads include DSP-based audio and internal modem, and the bits of IBM who own this IP wouldn't necessarily smile on an open source connection. Last we heard IBM was fixing this, but that was a very long time ago, and the current generation of ThinkPads still can't use the internal modem under Linux, and still has some audio issues. "

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