A bold new chapter for Fedora Workstation

So you have probably seen the announcement that Lenovo are launching a set of Fedora Workstation based laptops. I am so happy and proud of this effort as it comes as the culmination of our hard effort over the last 6 years to drain the swamp and make Linux a more viable desktop operating system.
I am also so happy and proud that Lenovo was willing to work with us on this effort as they provide us with an incredible opportunity to reach both new and old Linux users around the globe with these systems, being the worlds biggest laptop maker with the widest global reach. Because one important aspect of this is that Lenovo will provide these laptops through all their sales channels in all their markets. This means you can of course order them online through their website, but it also means companies can order them through Lenovos business to business channels and it means that in any country where Lenovo is present you can order them, so this is not a North America only or Europe only, this is truly a global offering.

There are a lot of people who has been involved here in helping to make this happen, but special thanks goes to Egbert Gracias from Lenovo who was critical in making this happen and also a special thanks to Alberto Ruiz who spearheaded this effort from our side.

Our engineering team here at Red Hat has also been hard at work ensuring we can support these models very well be that by bugfixes to kernel drivers or by polishing up things like the Linux fingerprint support. As we go forward we hope to build on this relationship to take linux laptops to the next level and I am also very happy to say that we got Jared Dominguez on on team now to help us develop better work practices and closer relationships with our hardware partners and original device manufacturers.


Also a special thanks to Jakub Steiner for putting together the little sizzle video above, it was supposed to be used at our booth at Red Hat Summit next week, but with that going virtual we repurposed it for this announcement.

5 comments ↓

#1 Søren Hauberg on 04.24.20 at 16:48

As Fedora om ThinkPad user who is looking to buy a new laptop all I can say is: YAY!

Congratulations on this!

#2 gn0mish on 04.24.20 at 17:56

Amazing news so congrats to all! Has it been decided if it will be Silverblue or just regular fedora?

#3 Sam Thursfield on 04.25.20 at 11:46

It goes without saying that I think this is amazing :) I’m already a happy user of Lenovo laptops but this makes it even better.

#4 Hoschi on 04.27.20 at 14:59

This can improve the whole laptop situation for all Linux distributions, thankfully. And Lenovo can see at least a small number of the actual Linux users in their stats.

Hey IBM! Do you wanna your ThinkPads back? That with actual usable keyboards.

I would appreciate if the well known X13 and T14 series will follow :)

#5 Ole Laursen on 04.28.20 at 11:17

Awesome!

In the eternal debates on OS marketshares, people always forget that few people ever install an OS, they just use the one that came with their hardware.