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Lenovo Group, the owner of the former IBM personal computing division, has unveiled its ThinkPad T60p laptop with pre-installed Novel Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop operating system (OS), marking the first time for the ThinkPad computer’s to sell with Linux OS.

“The ThinkPad T60p is a milestone for our collaboration and shared commitment with Novell to develop innovative and powerful workstation solutions. Engineers running intensive based applications can now leverage these enhanced features while working remotely in the Linux environment,” said Marc Godin, vice president of marketing for Lenovo’s worldwide notebook business unit.

The new ThinkPad T60 notebooks are built around Intel Centrino Duo mobile platform that features dual-core Core Duo (Yonah) processors, Intel 945-series mobile chipsets, dual-channel PC2-5300 (667MHz) DDR2 memory, Serial ATA-300 hard disk drives and an array of multimedia enhancements.

The ThinkPad T60 measures an inch (2.5cm) thin with a travel weight of 4.8lbs (2.18Kg). For mobile workers, the ThinkPad T60-series includes a more durable system design, coupling the ThinkPad roll cage – an inner armor chassis – with its airbag-like active protection system and ThinkPad shock-mounted hard drives.

“The ability to use a ThinkPad with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop will open new doors for corporate desktop users,” said Jeff Jaffe, executive vice president and chief technology officer for Novell. “These demanding PC users now have the most advanced workstation infrastructure at their fingertips to maximize productivity at their desk, in the lab, at a site and on the road”.

The Lenovo Linux-enabled workstations are currently certifying engineering design applications from companies such as Cadence, Synopsys and Mentor Graphics. Additional workstation certification candidates are also under evaluation.

Both the 14” and 15” ThinkPad T60p Linux mobile workstations will be available beginning August 15th via the Lenovo website and through select business partners. Prices start at $3099 for 14” models and $3199 for 15” models.

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