Lenovo Denies Ditching Linux

In reaction to what Neowin and other news outlets around the world reported a couple days ago, Chinese computer supplier Lenovo has clairifed a report that it is planning to stop offering Linux on its range of PCs and laptops.

Frank Kardonski, Lenovo's worldwide product manager for its 3000 series, had indicated that Linux support was being dropped by saying, "We will not have models available for Linux, and we do not have custom orders ... What you see is what you get. And at this point, it's (Microsoft) Windows."

But Lenovo made strenuous efforts on Monday to set the record straight, emphasizing that Kardonski provided incorrect information and that the company plans to continue to offer Linux on ThinkPads, just not the 3000 series. Lenovo actually plans to support Linux on its ThinkPads starting in the third quarter, in partnership with Novell, Marc Godin, vice president of marketing for Lenovo's notebooks said.

Chinese customers of Lenovo will still be able to buy PCs with Red Flag, the Linux distribution backed by the Chinese government, said Grant Shenk, who works in Lenovo's worldwide software marketing group.

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