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 lenovo.com 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?