Lenovo Sidesteps It's Way to Linux-Liquidation

If we had a nickel for everytime a half-truth eminated from the corporate world, we'd probably be able to buy quite a bit of it. That doesn't make it any less disappointing, however, when the half-truths are about Linux, from a Linux vendor. Such is the case this week, as Lenvo denied, then confirmed the end to their consumer Linux offerings.

The episode began on Monday when reports emerged that Lenovo had removed all pre-installed Linux offerings from its offerings, reportedly less than a year since first offering them. A Lenovo spokesman quickly denied the reports, saying the company "is not abandoning its commitment to choice of operating system, and actually is increasing the role of the Linux operating system in Lenovo's product portfolio." There was just enough room for doublespeak, though, to leave one wondering about the veracity of the denials.

Good cause appeared on Tuesday, as it was revealed that the company confirmed to Practical Technology that it was indeed ending its pre-installed Linux offerings for most customers, leaving options available for large commercial and government purchases, as well as a Linux-loaded IdeaPad netbook — which will only be availabe outside the United States. So much for "expanding" their "Linux portfolio."


Justin Ryan is a Contributing Editor for Linux Journal.


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astinsan's picture

It sounded like they really didn't want to offer support for linux. Something about supporting MS's 2 operating systems for consumers has made it a little bit of an issue for the call centers.

It isn't like they really supported the linux thing anyways. They just installed opensuse on them. Dell/HP/ASUS/MSI and Everex seem to be the only major supporters of linux on consumer systems.

Lets face it it isn't IBM anymore its Lenovo. It isn't a thinkpad its an Ideapad. They are going on to do their own thing.



Mitch Frazier's picture

As far as the end of Linux at Lenovo, this is of course disappointing, particularly since they offered it on Laptops/Notebooks, which are always such a pain with Linux.

As far as the double-speak, that's annoying but it's the way most businesses tend to work. Till it's official you pretend it isn't: If you plan on firing somebody at the end of the month you generally don't tell them at the beginning of the month.

Mitch Frazier is an Associate Editor for Linux Journal.