Lenovo will begin shipping Thinkpad notebooks pre-loaded with Novell Linux distributions later this year.
Lenovo will sell Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 to both commercial and individual customers. It will also provide support for the operating system directly, the first time that it has done so, with Novell offering maintenance updates for the system directly to the Thinkpad users.
Previously, Lenovo had certified Thinkpads for use with Linux, but had not made the OS available directly to its customers.
Lenovo may be attempting to answer moves by rival Dell, which has began pre-loading its products with Ubuntu Linux.