It looks like Lenovo is staging Dell as the big name in OEM Linux laptops – without any retailers like System76, Naturally. Red Hat and Lenovo announce pre-installed and factory-supported Fedora workstations for various ThinkPad laptop models Red Hat Summit this week.
Dell’s Linux support was generally limited to one or two very specific laptops – initially the old Atom netbooks and more recently the XPS 13 Developer Edition. Lenovo plans a significantly broader Linux presence in its product range.
Fedora Workstation will be a selectable option when you purchase the Thinkpad P1 Gen2, Thinkpad P53, and Thinkpad X1 Gen8 laptops – and Lenovo may offer more model support in the future. Mark Pearson, Senior Linux Developer at Lenovo, will be the featured guest in May 2020 Fedora Council Video Meetingexpresses the company’s position on the upcoming integration:
Lenovo is excited to be part of the Fedora community. We want to ensure an optimal Linux experience for our products. We strive to work with and learn from the open source community.
I’m glad to see that Lenovo is taking this step to offer pre-installed Linux support. Although I’m a die-hard Ubuntu user, it’s also nice to see Lenovo choose a different distribution – while many in our community complain of “fragmentation,” I personally believe that diversity is one of the Linux community’s greatest strengths .
Lenovo is committed to making the pre-installed experience work only with software from key Fedora repositories. No third-party repos are required, and no proprietary drivers are installed by default. Even if Fedora is not your personal distribution, an OEM Fedora Workstation Thinkpad is almost certainly an excellent choice for most distributions you want to replace it with.
Unfortunately, the upcoming Yoga Slim 7, which is equipped with a Ryzen 7 4800U or Ryzen 5 4600U Zen laptop CPU, is not on the first list of supported models from Lenovo. I’m still itching to get my hands on a review – the Zephyrus G14 with two GPUs didn’t do particularly well with Ubuntu, but I still hope that the simpler Slim 7 does better.