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More Sametime on Linux Coverage


More coverage of the Sametime on Linux announcement:

Seattle Times:  IBM widens open-source strategy far beyond Linux
Investor's Business Daily:  IBM Takes On Windows With Eclipse Programs
Intranet Journal:  IBM's Sametime IM Expands Linux Support
LinuxPlanet:  IBM's Lotus Sametime Heads for Linux, Voice Messaging
Small Business Computing:  IBM Adds Linux Support to IM
Baseline: Enterprise E-Mail and IM, the Linux Way

But here's where things really start to get interesting:  
Lenovo And Novell Unveil Linux-Enabled ThinkPad Mobile Workstation

Lenovo and Novell announced the industry's first Linux-based ThinkPad mobile workstations, which will run Novell's recently released SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 operating system.
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With this new offering, Lenovo for the first time ever brings Help Center assistance to Linux customers who purchase select models of the ThinkPad T60p. The Help Center will offer support for select Lenovo ThinkVantage Technologies, drivers, basic Linux configuration and hardware issues. Novell will continue to support core operating system questions and issues.


While this is geared at the higher-end engineering market, I think it's a precursor of what's to come (and I think I saw that HP was making a similar announcement around Debian, although I'm not sure it was for laptops).  Laptops with supported Linux, preloaded with necessary drivers, and access to support for any operating system questions or issues.  Now we really start getting into game-changing territory.