In context: The world’s greatest PC firm by way of shipments has determined to supply a number of choose fashions with Linux pre-installed. In doing so, it joins the present membership that features Dell and different smaller gamers like Purism, ZaReason, and System76.

If Linux has a particular place in your coronary heart, you’ll want to know Lenovo is partnering with the Fedora Project to offer you your dream machine within the type of ThinkPad laptops that make it straightforward even for a newcomer to get began with Fedora.

This is meant to be a pilot program dubbed Linux Community Series – Fedora Edition, which can embrace the ThinkPad P1 Gen2, ThinkPad X1 Gen8, ThinkPad P53, with the likelihood that the corporate will develop the choice within the close to future if it sees sufficient demand. These fashions will include the newly launched Fedora 32 Workstation Linux pre-installed, and can presumably be licensed to play good with it whereas solely utilizing first celebration repositories.

That means the ThinkPad P53 and ThinkPad P1 Gen2 will not include Nvidia drivers put in by default. However, that is straightforward to repair by downloading them from proprietary sources.

Lenovo will start offering ThinkPads with Linux pre-installed

We would have thought that Ubuntu could be a major candidate at this level, on condition that Dell already has had lots of success with its XPS 13 “Developer Edition” over the previous couple of years. Lenovo’s announcement does appear to trace at that risk, and the principle benefit of going that route is that Canonical affords a separate, long-term help (LTS) model that’s refreshed each two years and supported for 5 years after launch, which is about as a lot because the average laptop lifespan.

Still, there is a sturdy scent of missed alternative right here, particularly since we all know nothing about value and availability for these ‘fedorized’ ThinkPads.

AMD has proven it might pack lots of energy right into a cell CPU with its Ryzen 4000 collection, and it could have been fascinating to see Lenovo announce a minimum of one fedorized ThinkPad with one thing like a Ryzen 4800H, which is a superb APU for productiveness.