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Re: Desktop Linux Breakthrough: Lenovo Preloads SUSE on ThinkPad

  • Subject: Re: Desktop Linux Breakthrough: Lenovo Preloads SUSE on ThinkPad
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 07 Aug 2006 05:17:20 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / ISBE, Manchester University / ITS
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__/ [ [H]omer ] on Monday 07 August 2006 03:58 \__

> Au79 wrote:
>> Channel Insider - New York,NY,USA
>> Opinion: For the first time, a major vendor commits to preloading a
>> Linux desktop-a move that could benefit both Lenovo and Linux users.
>> (DesktopLinux.com).
>> ...
> http://tinyurl.com/zmmm9 (thechannelinsider.com)
> LOL! What a U-turn!!!
> First this (2nd June 2006):
> '"We will not have models available for Linux, and we do not have
> custom order, either," said Frank Kardonski, Lenovo's worldwide
> product manager for Lenovo 3000 offerings. "What you see is what you
> get. And at this point, it's Windows."

This reminds me of Flash and Linux. Macromedia/Adobe sure changed their minds
when the world cried out.


> A Lenovo spokesman later said the non-Linux strategy is also
> applicable to the company's ThinkPad brand of notebooks, although
> Lenovo will provide advice to customers who are intent on deploying
> desktop Linux systems in some fashion.'
>    - http://tinyurl.com/oy5ks (crn.com)
> Then this (5th June 2006):
> 'Kardonski apparently confused Lenovo's stance on providing licences
> for Linux, as opposed to providing preloaded versions of the software
> for customers, Godin said. Because different companies use different
> configurations of Linux on their ThinkPad notebooks, Lenovo doesn't
> provide licences for the software, he said. Customers are responsible
> for acquiring the licence on their own, but Lenovo will preinstall the
> desired configuration on new ThinkPads once the licence has been
> obtained.'
>    - http://news.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/0,39020351,39273092,00.htm
> Yeah right ... *what* a backpedal. Read Kardonski's comment again;
> there's *zero* doubt what he thinks of Linux.

*LOL* He has 'pulled a Gibson'...


> Then finally ... this:
> '"We're about to reinforce that [Linux] strategy and go beyond what
> IBM [Personal Computer Division] or Lenovo, until now, was doing in
> terms of its commitments to the Linux community ... and to our business
> partners who want to use Linux," said Marc Godin, vice president of
> marketing for notebook at Lenovo in Raleigh, N.C., during a June 2006
> interview with eWEEK.
> That pledge came following a claim by one Lenovo executive who said
> the company would drop support for Linux. However, Godin said during
> that interview that the executive misspoke.'
>    - http://tinyurl.com/nnlyp (thechannelinsider.com)
> Damn right he did.
> If Lenovo are truly embracing a new era of Linux deployment, maybe
> they should consider cleaning out the dead wood, starting with
> dinosaurs like Kardonski.


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