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What's up with Lenovo and Linux?

Lenovo announced that it would no longer sell pre-installed Linux on ThinkPads and ThinkCentres via online sales.

I saw the news item, "Lenovo halts online sales of Linux-based PCs," and just wondered what the real scoop is.

"Our commitment to Linux has not changed," said Gorman in an e-mail to Computerworld. "What's changed is that customers will no longer be able to order Lenovo ThinkPads and ThinkCentres with pre-installed Linux via the Web site."

Hmmmm. So the spokesman went on to say that Lenovo will no longer be offering pre-installed Linux via its online sales because they weren't hitting "big enough numbers." How few does it have to be to make it not worth your effort to supply to consumers?

Is this something to take at face value, or does anyone have any conspiracy theories?


Selena has been at TechRepublic since 2002. She is currently a Senior Editor with a background in technical writing, editing, and research. She edits Data Center, Linux and Open Source, Apple in the Enterprise, The Enterprise Cloud, Web Designer, and...

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