Lenovo Launching Linux Netbooks
In an email to The VAR Guy, Lenovo Senior VP J. Scott Di Valerio describes the PC giant’s evolving Linux strategy, including plans for so-called NetBooks that will launch in October. Here’s a look at what Di Valerio had to say.
Lenovo has faced some criticism from Linux folks in recent days, amid reports that the company was abandoning desktop Linux preloads. In an email to The VAR Guy, Di Valerio clarified Lenovo’s strategy:
Our commitment to Linux has not changed. 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 website. We are still certifying Linux pre-loads on ThinkPads and ThinkCentres, but most of those customers typically order either through their Lenovo Sales team or Lenovo Business Partner.
Now, for the news hook. Di Valerio also wrote:
In addition, we will be delivering new Linux offerings on our new Lenovo servers, and Ideapad Netbook education models, scheduled for release in September and October respectively.
The VAR Guy last month was the first blogger to tell readers about the Lenovo servers. And he’s also hinted that Netbooks from Lenovo were on the way. Generally speaking, Netbooks are low-cost sub-notebooks that cost roughly $275 to $400. Dell unveiled its Mini 9 Netbook earlier this month.
Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, predicted that Netbooks running Ubuntu would be available in all major U.S. computer retail stores in late 2008 or 2009.
The VAR Guy is trying to determine which version(s) of Linux Lenovo will offer on its Netbooks.