While searching for computer manufacturers that offer Linux laptops, I was happy to discover that Lenovo has a selection of ThinkPads that can be ordered pre-configured with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop. As a result, a new page has been added to the Goodies section of the website.
The current list of Lenovo laptops with SUSE is a bit sparse (only three models) but the coupon codes work for any of the models listed, regardless of OS.
Personally, I'd rather run OpenSUSE and load it on Lenovo X300 ThinkPad. Either that or stick with Ubuntu, which is currently my operating system of choice. The selection of ThinkPads with Linux will undoubtedly expand to include more models as more people start using Linux. One of the obstacles to getting up and running with Linux can be driver support. As more manufacturers start supporting Linux with drivers, the whole experience will be smoother and there will not be any excuses left for wasting money on a proprietary operating system.
I currently own a Dell Latitude D830 and an XPS M1330. Both are running Ubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04 64-bit. Dell also sells Linux laptops with Ubuntu pre-installed and a desktop with Ubuntu. I am very happy with both laptops and Ubuntu is running quite well. I hardly use Windows anymore. The only other laptop I'd rather own is the Lenovo X300 ThinkPad (or a MacBook Pro if Apple could get with the program and start building their laptops with two mouse buttons and a normal keyboard). The X300 is currently the ultimate ultra-portable; no other laptop in it's class comes close. Here's why:
It is hard to find fault with the specs for this laptop and many reviewers have given it high marks. The Lenovo X300 is likely to be the next laptop I own when it comes time to upgrade. I will also be sure to write a full review of the X300 with whichever Linux OS I decide to install.
If you have the money to spend and want the ultimate ultra-portable laptop, I don't think you can go wrong with this one. Make sure to check the Lenovo Coupons section for the latest coupon codes and deals.
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