third largest global PC maker, Lenovo, says it will start selling Linux pre-installed
laptops to business and consumers. Linux is a free, open source operating system
developed as an alternative to systems such as Microsoft''s Windows.
to analysts approximately 6 per cent of computers are run on Linux, but it is
fiding wider acceptance among users and businesses as more computer makers offer
announced its plans at the start of LinuxWorld, an annual conference held in San
Francisco. Novell will provide the Linux software on the laptops, which are expected
ion the market by the end of the year.
May Dell announced the launch of three Linux-powered computer systems including
one notebook in response to customer feedback, at the invitation of its founder
and CEO Michael Dell on the company''s website. (See:
Dell to offer preloaded Linux computers; to sell through Wal-Mart)
Torvalds, the developer of Linux, first introduced the operating system 16 years
ago in a bid to create a non-commercial alternative to expensive operating systems
can be freely distributed, modified and used by anyone and is predominantly used
power web servers. while its growth on desktop computers has been limited to technology
specialists, its adoption by Lenovo and Dell points to wider acceptance.