The well-known computer company Lenovo has announced that its workstations ThinkPad and ThinkStation have received Linux CertificationTherefore, the future equipment of these lines of computers should offer full compatibility with the Open Source system, covering corporate-wide distributions such as Red Hat Enteprise Linux and Ubuntu.
ThinkPad, when it was under IBM, was in the past a brand that was characterized by marketing GNU / Linux friendly laptops, however, when it came under Lenovo, that was lost over time. Under the Chinese giant ThinkPad, it continued to market certified computers to use Linux on them, but the catalog was reduced to specific products.
Despite not having succeeded in the domestic market, in professional fields it seems that the demand for GNU / Linux desktop has risen, which could explain the emergency of assemblers and equipment manufacturers made to run said operating system with the least possible problems. With this movement, Lenovo increases the catalog of products that can be used with GNU / Linux in order to facilitate system deployment and reduce time to figure out which components are causing problems.
Rob Herman, general manager and chief executive of the Artificial Intelligence Client and Workstation Group at Lenovo, has said of the certification that “while many users prefer to customize their own machines, whether it’s hardware without an operating system or cleaning up an operating system existing to later configure and install Linux, this can create uncertainty with the stability of the system, performance, compatibility, user productivity and even IT support for the devices, ”and it is that although desktops generally (towers) are not usually problematic with Linux, laptops often have unpleasant surprises.
Digging into the details of the certification, this will cover the entire ThinkStation and ThinkPad P Series catalog for running Ubuntu LTS and Red Hat Enterprise Linux in them. Lenovo has commented that such workstations will have full end-to-end support, including security patches, software updates, hardware drivers, firmware, and BIOS verification. The Chinese hardware giant will also contribute more actively to the development of Linux with the intention of including its drivers in the official branch.
It seems that Lenovo has been interested in boosting the GNU / Linux desktop in recent times, since the marketing of notebooks with Fedora as a pre-installed system was announced last week. Let’s hope that all these movements end up materializing in computers with really Linux-friendly hardware configurations, making the system work out of the box and that in the worst case, only the separate addition of the NVIDIA driver is necessary.
The commercialization of the new Lenovo certified Linux equipment will start this month with models that will be fully customizable and configured upon request, although the implementation of the measure will continue during the summer. In addition to products, the company will also run dedicated Linux forums and post support guides.