Lenovo has ended all online ordering for its Linux-based PCs. It’s not the end of the road for Linux at the company, however, as the alternative operating system will still be available on select systems.
Apparently, online availability of Linux-based ThinkCentres and ThinkPads didn’t make fiscal sense, despite the brisk business the computer manufacturer conducts with large enterprises. Lenovo said that future availability for the Linux systems will be limited to Lenovo’s or their partners’ direct marketing agents. Lenovo has been selling Linux-based computers for close to a decade and currently offers both Novell and Redhat as options, though they are currently working on Ubuntu certifications for its systems.
This is an interesting move for Lenovo to take as more companies these days are trying to find new ways to attract customers, and some have turned to Linux to take care of that fact. If you don’t like the idea of buying a new ThinkCentre with a Windows OS installed, the option for using DOS (adding up to no OS at all) is still a possibility.
At the time of this writing, at least, Linux is still an option on some systems.