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Lenovo launches ThinkPad and ThinkStation PCs with Ubuntu pre-loaded

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Are you in the market for new Linux hardware? Lenovo are expanding their selection, with an announcement today of more Linux-ready ThinkPad and ThinkStation PCs.

They're pushing hard on this too, with around 30 Ubuntu-loaded devices available for purchase on the official Lenovo store which include 13 ThinkStation™ and ThinkPad™ P Series Workstations and an additional 14 ThinkPad T, X, X1 and L series laptops. Most of which come ready with the latest version of Ubuntu with the 20.04 long-term support release, however they L series is currently sticking with Ubuntu 18.04.

"Lenovo’s vision of enabling smarter technology for all really does mean 'for all'.  Our announcement of device certification in June was a step in the right direction to enable customers to more easily install Linux on their own. Our goal is to remove the complexity and provide the Linux community with the premium experience that our customers know us for. This is why we have taken this next step to offer Linux-ready devices right out of the box," said Igor Bergman, Vice President of PCSD Software & Cloud at Lenovo.

Quite an exciting step for wider Linux hardware availability, following on from their small initial Ubuntu push followed by their Fedora Linux rollout back in August. I've long said that the key barrier for Linux is having more stores not only having Linux available - but actually advertised. Historically, a few well-known vendors have stocked some Linux hardware but it's often been buried in their stores.

Installing Linux onto existing machines is still a barrier for some, so another wall broken down at another hardware vendor is always fantastic to see. As for availability, while it's going to be global don't expect everything to be live right away, Lenovo said it starting now and rolling out in phases through 2021.

"Lenovo’s expansion of Ubuntu certified devices shows great commitment to open source and the Linux community. With data scientists and developers increasingly needing Linux for emerging workloads, this collaboration enables enterprises to equip their employees with the assurance of long-term stability, added security and simplified IT management," said Dean Henrichsmeyer, VP of Engineering at Canonical.

Interested? Check out the dedicated Linux page on Lenovo.

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x_wing 23 Sep
I went to the laptops selling page and they still only offer Windows with all their T series notebooks (checked in US and Argentina page). Hopefully by the end of the year some T series will have it and it will definitely be my next laptop (sorry Dell!)
Palanca 23 Sep
The version 18.04 is the best version of Ubuntu in my opinion.

Some time ago I tried version 20.04 + gnome-session-flashback and horrible. You can not move the icons and zero configuration on the desktop.

Any idea?
Very cool to see another big vendor selling Linux powered hardware. Now all they have to do is hire someone to make their webpage at least borderline useable and usefull so people can start getting shit done ;-)
Kiba 23 Sep
Quoting: PalancaThe version 18.04 is the best version of Ubuntu in my opinion.

Some time ago I tried version 20.04 + gnome-session-flashback and horrible. You can not move the icons and zero configuration on the desktop.

Any idea?
The last Gnome version lets you move the icons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ_P5W9r2JY
Palanca 23 Sep
Quoting: Kiba
Quoting: PalancaThe version 18.04 is the best version of Ubuntu in my opinion.

Some time ago I tried version 20.04 + gnome-session-flashback and horrible. You can not move the icons and zero configuration on the desktop.

Any idea?
The last Gnome version lets you move the icons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ_P5W9r2JY

With Gnome Flashback like I said.
mandersson 23 Sep
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It's a little strange that you can by the Windows 10 pro 64 version of ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 for less than the fedora version with the exact same hardware.
I can understand that production of small series mean higher cost. But not by this much?
rcrit 23 Sep
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I've used several T-series over the years and they have been immensely compatible with Fedora. I have a T-580 now. I can't attest to every model though.

I didn't see a way on the Lenovo website to order one without an OS and not pay the MS tax but my work manages it somehow.
Cyba.Cowboy 24 Sep
Nothing on the Australian store... And I'm not holding my breath, seeing as none of the major manufacturers sell laptops with Linux-based operating systems pre-installed (the single exception being Dell, who only sell one particular "XPS" laptop, only via telephone orders and only on a case-by-case basis).

I'll stick to ASUS, who provide semi-official support for Linux-based operating systems here in Australia (not with pre-installed operating systems, though)...
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