Lenovo is Jumping on the Linux Laptop Bandwagon

May 07, 2020

PC and laptop maker Lenovo is set to release ThinkPad laptops pre-installed with Fedora Linux.

One issue Linux has faced over the years is there was never enough off-the-shelf hardware that included the open source operating system. Things started to change when System76 came into existence. Since then a number of hardware makers have jumped onto the bandwagon.

You can now count Lenovo among those numbers. In his latest blog, Matthew Miller, Fedora Project Leader, announced, “Fedora Workstation will be available on Lenovo ThinkPad laptops!” Miller continues, “Yes, I know,  many of us already run a Fedora operating system on a Lenovo system, but this is different. You’ll soon be able to get Fedora pre-installed by selecting it as you customize your purchase.”

The Fedora-powered ThinkPad is a pilot of the Lenovo Community Series and will include the ThinkPad P1 Gen2, ThinkPad P53, and the ThinkPad X1 Gen8 laptops. Should the program be successful, it is possible it will expand to include other models in the future.

The Fedora-edition ThinkPad will come pre-installed with Fedora 32 Workstation. Miller has also stated that Lenovo is working with vendors to make sure Fedora has all of the necessary firmware support going forward. This will include features like fingerprint readers.

From the Lenovo side of things, Mark Pearson, senior Linux developer for Lenovo, said, “Lenovo is excited to become a part of the Fedora community. We want to ensure an optimal Linux experience on our products. We are committed to working with and learning from the open-source community."

At the moment, no information on release date or pricing has been made available.

Original source: https://fedoramagazine.org/coming-soon-fedora-on-lenovo-laptops/ 

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