Lenovo drops Linux from consumer PCs and laptops
Lenovo has stopped offering Linux as a pre-installed option on laptop and desktop systems purchased through its consumer web site. A number of Thinkpads and workstations in the Lenovo range were available with preloaded Linux listed as an option in the specification sheet, but now that line on the specification sheet says "No" for all models.
heise online UK asked Raymond Gorman, Lenovo's director of external communications, what drove the change and, though he was not specific, he did note that "We are still certifying Linux pre-loads, but most of those customers typically order either through their Lenovo Sales team or Lenovo Business Partner." This suggests that low sales through the consumer channel were responsible for the change, possibly to reduce the complexity of stock control for the consumer web sites.
Gorman did say that "We will be delivering new Linux offerings on our new Lenovo servers, and Ideapad Netbook education models, scheduled for release in September and October respectively". Given the nature of these offerings, heise online UK expects them to be made available only through the Lenovo channels Gorman previously mentioned.