Lenovo Drops Linux ThinkPads From Web Site - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Infrastructure // PC & Servers

Lenovo Drops Linux ThinkPads From Web Site

The decision to drop the product was based on Lenovo choosing to use its online store to push the company's most popular computers.

Lenovo has stopped offering through its Web site ThinkPad notebooks with preinstalled Linux, saying there haven't been enough online orders to justify the offering.

Lenovo customers who want Linux ThinkPads will still be able to buy the machines through the computer maker's sales reps and distributors, which have always accounted for the bulk of such orders, Lenovo spokesman Ray Gorman told InformationWeek Friday. In addition, Lenovo is not making any changes to its support for Linux on its ThinkPads or other products.

"Our commitment to Linux has not changed," Gorman said. "What has changed is you can no longer buy preinstalled Linux on the Web."

The decision to drop the product was based on Lenovo choosing to use its online store to push the company's most popular computers.

"We want the focus on Lenovo.com to be those products that customers are most interested in," Gorman said. "The amount of individual orders for pre-installed Linux was limited on the Web site."

Gorman declined to discuss whether sales of Linux ThinkPads were increasing. The company offers Red Hat, Novell's SUSE, or Ubuntu Linux on its computers.

Lenovo does appear to be moving ahead with the open source operating system. The company next week is expected to introduce in the United States low-end servers that will run Linux or Windows. In addition, the company next month is expected to start offering IdeaPad netbooks with Linux.

Netbooks are defined as sub-$500 laptops with screen sizes of 10 inches or less. The machines are offered as a lightweight second computer for e-mail and Web browsing on the road, or as a first computer for young students.

The IdeaPad S10 has a 10-inch screen and is powered by Intel's Atom processor for mobile Internet devices. The base model comes with 512 MB of memory and an 80-GB hard drive. Pricing starts at $399.

Lenovo is not alone in offering Linux on PCs sold to consumers. Dell, for example, offers Ubuntu on desktops and notebooks.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Slideshows
IT Careers: 10 Industries with Job Openings Right Now
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  5/27/2020
Commentary
How 5G Rollout May Benefit Businesses More than Consumers
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  5/21/2020
News
IT Leadership in Education: Getting Online School Right
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  5/20/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Key to Cloud Success: The Right Management
This IT Trend highlights some of the steps IT teams can take to keep their cloud environments running in a safe, efficient manner.
Slideshows
Flash Poll