For years, Linux users have been accustomed to purchasing hardware and having to install their operating system of choice–often struggling to get everything working properly. Although Linux hardware support has come a very long way (I rarely have issues installing Linux on modern hardware), for the average user, installing an operating system is well beyond their pay grade and knowledge–especially when issues with wireless chips come into play. With Lenovo, that ends. Linux users can purchase hardware without having to install an operating system and knowing that everything will work out of the box, which is guaranteed by the Linux Certification that Lenovo is attaching to the hardware.
That guarantee is a big jump ahead for Linux, and one that wouldn’t have happened without Lenovo putting its support behind the open source platform.
I’m not sure I agree. I think the average user can install Linux; they just don’t have any interest in it. So I think that same average user probably won’t go for pre-installed Linux, either. It’s just not on their radar.
Which is fine. Linux is always there for the interested user. It doesn’t depend upon the grace of hardware manufacturers, although it’s nice to see Lenovo taking an interest.