In good news for Linux, Lenovo has expanded its Linux certification to its entire ThinkPad and ThinkStation lineup.
Toward the end of April, Lenovo announced it would be offering Fedora Workstation on its ThinkPad laptops. Previously, Dell had been the main manufacturer offering an OEM Linux option.
It seems Lenovo is now going all-in on Linux, with both the ThinkPad and ThinkStation lineup being certified for both Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Ubuntu LTS
“Now, I’m excited to share Lenovo is moving to certify the full workstation portfolio for top Linux distributions from Ubuntu® and Red Hat® – every model, every configuration,” writes Rob Herman, General Manager, Executive Director Workstation & Client AI Group.
“While many users prefer to customize their own machines – either on hardware without an OS or by wiping an existing client OS, then configuring and installing Linux – this can raise uncertainty with system stability, restricted performance, compatibility, end-user productivity and even IT support for devices. Now that these users are making their way out of the proverbial shadows and onto the enterprise floor, the demand is high for an out-of-the-box solution that removes the barrier for deployment of enterprise-grade hardware within a Linux software ecosystem.”
This is an excellent turn of events for Linux and its users, and will help remove a barrier-to-entry for the operating system.