Lenovo and Canonical Announce ThinkPad and ThinkStation Available with Ubuntu
September 23, 2020, Lenovo said the expansion of the Linux preinstallation program on the client device. The company has certified the installation of the Ubuntu 20.04 operating system on ThinkPad P, T, X, X1, and L series notebooks and ThinkStation workstations.
Canonical has confirmed it has partnered with Lenovo to create nearly three dozen Linux-ready device models out of the box. ThinkPad laptops and ThinkStation workstations will be preinstalled with the OEM Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa).
Canonical explained that the installed distribution contains all the drivers necessary for full-fledged operation, including support for NVIDIA video cards and a simplified Wi-Fi setup. The main application package includes Ruby 2.7, Python 3.8, and GCC 9.3. The system has a large selection of themes, as well as support for dark and light interface modes. Users will have access through the Snap Store to a variety of popular apps including Spotify, Plex, Slack, Visual Studio Code, and JetBrains.
Lenovo said it will provide all necessary technical support to users to resolve Linux-related issues on ThinkPad and ThinkStation.
Earlier in mid-September this year, Microsoft acknowledged issues with various BSoD situations on Lenovo ThinkPad laptops running Windows 10 after installing some OS updates, including KB4568831. Now the company's specialists are working with Lenovo engineers on a solution. It turned out that new protective changes in the operating system are not supported by the current versions of the stock software for Lenovo ThinkPad and lead to fatal errors.