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Linux laptops: You can now buy the first Lenovo ThinkPad preloaded with Fedora


Lenovo’s premium business laptop now comes in Fedora 32 Workstation flavor.

The first Lenovo ThinkPad preinstalled with Fedora 32 Workstation is now available to buy.

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 is the first laptop in Lenovo’s ThinkPad series to get the Fedora treatment, coming four months after the manufacturer teamed up with the Red Hat-sponsored Fedora Project to pilot a new series
of Linux community edition devices.

Fedora editions of the ThinkPad P1 Gen2 and ThinkPad P53 will also be available, though for the time being only Lenovo’s premium X1 Gen8 business laptop is available to buy with Fedora 32 Workstation preloaded.

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The base edition of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 features a 10th generation, 1.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i5-10210U Processor with 8GB LPDDR3 RAM and a 256GB SSD. Starting at $1,249.99 (more if you throw in customizations), the X1 Carbon also sports a 14-inch screen that’s available in both 1080p and 4K display options; a 51Wh battery that delivers up to 19.5 hours of battery life; integrated Intel UHD 620 Graphics and Wi-Fi 6.

Lenovo promised to go big on Linux this year. As well as selling Fedora-infused ThinkPads, the company has committed to
providing end-to-end support

for Ubuntu LTS and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) – powered workstations.

Starting with ThinkPad P series workstations before rolling out to Lenovo’s ThinkStation series, Lenovo will offer full certification for Ubuntu and RHEL worsktations, spanning everything from security patches and updates to hardware drivers, firmware and bios optimizations.

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Speaking to TechRepublic

at the time, Rob Herman, general manager and executive director of the Workstation & Client AI Group, said Lenovo wanted to do more to target specialist end-users, particularly those working in the burgeoning fields at data science, content creation and artificial intelligence.

Linux distros as a preinstalled option are somewhat in vogue, with Dell offering Ubuntu as a preloaded option for its XPS 13: Developer Edition.

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