After being announced by the Fedora Linux team back in April, the rollout of Fedora across Lenovo laptops appears to have begun along with a sale. The first model appearing with Fedora as an option is the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8.
Not only has it rolled out with Fedora, it’s right there on the store. You can’t miss it as it shows up first. It’s also the cheapest option for this model available right now.
As the Fedora team mentioned in the original announcement, it’s coming without any bloat as they said Lenovo “respects our open source principles”. In addition, the only software they will have is from the included repositories, no extra fluff.
While the X1 Carbon is positioned as a business laptop, it’s a consumer-facing one. In other words, this means that sales of the Fedora-powered ThinkPad aren’t restricted to corporations.
Above all, what Lenovo are doing here is just the beginning. We also know from what’s already been said, to expect Fedora Linux to be rolled out to the ThinkPad P1 Gen2 and ThinkPad P53.
In conclusion, this is the first time that a mainstream big PC vendor has prominently made Linux an option for their PCs. In addition, Lenovo is directly working with the Linux distribution (Fedora) to better support it. The fact that Lenovo is listing it right next to the regular Windows variant, pricing it comparably (actually somewhat cheaper) with similar specs shows willingness to sell it to all their customers and support it.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Spec
- Operating System: Fedora
- Processor: 10th Generation Intel Core i5-10210U Processor (1.60 GHz, up to 4.20 GHz with Turbo Boost, 4 Cores, 8 Threads, 6 MB Cache)
- Memory: 8 GB LPDDR3 2133MHz
- Hard Drive: 256 GB PCIe SSD
- Display Type: 14.0″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, anti-glare, low power, 400 nits
- Graphics: Integrated Intel UHD Graphics
- Camera: 720p HD
- Wireless: Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 802.11AX with vPro (2 x 2) & Bluetooth® 5.0
- Fingerprint Reader
- Backlit Keyboard – US English