Lenovo has announced that they are no longer going to support Linux on their computer systems. Lenovo had originally embraced Novell Linux on their computer system, but has decided to stop providing any type of Linux OS on any of their consumer models. A Lenovo executive has stated that:

Ray Gorman, Lenovo’s executive director of communications, is reported to have stated that “Lenovo is not abandoning its commitment to choice of operating system, and actually is increasing the role of the Linux operating system in Lenovo’s product portfolio.” He apparently continued, “In 2008, Lenovo offered preloaded Novell SLED 10 Linux on some of its ThinkPad notebooks, targeting business users. We are now seeing greater demand for Linux from consumers and those in education, and are bringing Linux preloaded on soon-to-be announced Lenovo netbooks targeted to education.” 

But BusinessWeek is reporting that HP may be in the process of picking up Linux as an alternative to Windows Vista. In a surprising report, it states that HP and others are taking a liking to Linux over Microsoft’s Windows Vista, which is turning off businesses and consumers a like. Apparently HP has not seen the new Seinfeld-Gates commercials which is trying to portray Microsoft as a loving company geared to us lowly consumers. 🙂

The article, which states this is only a rumor, also states:

Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), the world’s No. 1 PC maker, has quietly assembled a group of engineers to develop software that will let customers bypass certain features of Vista, the latest version of Windows. Employees on a separate skunk works team are even angling to replace Windows with an HP-assembled operating system, say three sources close to the company.

HP acknowledges the first effort. The company formed the “customer experience” group nine months ago and put at its helm Susie Wee, a former director in the company’s research labs. Her team is developing touchscreen technology and other software that allows users to circumvent Microsoft’s operating system to watch movies or view photos more easily than they can with Vista. “Our customers are looking for insanely simple technology where they don’t have to fight with the technology to get the task done,” says Phil McKinney, chief technology officer in HP’s PC division. After Vista was introduced last year, it drew criticism for slowing down computers and not working smoothly for certain tasks.

This is interesting news if and when HP starts to offer Linux based systems. If this does happen, hopefully Microsoft will see the light and try to make the next version of Windows dubbed Windows 7, less bloated, less hardware intensive and less a pain in the ass compared to Vista. Though some people have embraced the Vista operating system and seem to enjoy it, the majority of folks seem to be content to continue to use Windows XP. Though it is still to early to tell, Vista could be labeled a blunder by Microsoft, one that the software giant needs to fix. I seriously doubt that the Seinfeld – Gates, and their ludicrous commercials, is going to have a serious enough affect to correct the image that Vista has.

That’s my take. What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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