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The Register: Buying a Linux ThinkPad: IBM's mission impossible

Nov 30, 2000, 22:08 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)

"You'll recall that IBM has spent the past couple of years making enthusiastic noises about supporting Linux, and garnering considerable free publicity for doing so. But although ThinkPad Linux support has allegedly been on the way since early- to mid-1999, preinstalled models have only been available since early October, and if you blinked you probably missed the announcement."

"Try the IBM shop in the US though and you'll find a couple of models in the ThinkPad A and T series with Caldera OpenLinux preinstalled. Linux isn't exactly in your face on the site, and the system doesn't allow you to say 'I want a Linux computer' and then get a handy list of all the IBM kit that's appropriate, but if you check the model comparison chart you'll possibly notice that over in the right hand column there's a couple of Linux units. Try finding something similar in Europe, however, and Kafka kicks in."

"Shop IBM UK uses a similar comparison chart to that used by the US online store, but there's no mention of machines with Linux preinstalled; to the casual browser it would appear that you can only get ThinkPads with Win98 or Win2k in the UK. Search the UK for Linux and you most certainly don't kick up any Linux ThinkPads."

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