The Channel logo
The Channel uses cookies. Find out more.

News

By | Joe Fay 12th September 2008 13:45

Lenovo drops web sales of Linux machines

Built it and they didn't come

Sponsored: Creating the Storage Advantage

Lenovo has dropped Linux from the list of operating systems it will preload on desktops and notebooks sold via its website.

The Chinese vendor will continue to sell Linux-based client machines through its channel organisation, and this is where the majority of Linux orders were coming from anyway.

The operation has been shipping Linux on client PCs since 2000. A Lenovo spokesman told ComputerWorld that its commitment to Linux had not changed. It’s just its commitment to letting customers express their commitment to Linux that’s changed, presumably.

The spokesman said online sales of Linux-based machines were just not hitting the numbers. However, it will continue to certify Novell and Red Hat’s flavours on its kit, and plans to extend this to Ubuntu.

Lenovo’s move can be written off as simply a rejigging of sales channels.

However, it is still one in the eye for Linux on the desktop acolytes. In this instance though, Lenovo built it, and they didn’t come. Not over the web anyway. ®

Sponsored: Creating the Storage Advantage

comment icon Read 48 comments on this article alert Send corrections

Opinion

Chris Mellor

VC sequence could end not with a bang, but a whimper
Sad man stares glumly over boxed contents of desk. Image via shutterstock (Baranq)

Chris Mellor

All that is storage does not beget gold
Lost

Features

Funnel of cash. Credit: via SXC – http://www.sxc.hu/profile/Leonardini
You see a diversity tickbox nightmare, I see human beings
hands waving dollar bills in the air
AWS and Salesforce match up to Ellison's hardware