Learning Linux Series - #1: Introducing Linux at Lenovo

What is Linux? Why would I use it? What is a Kernel? How can I learn more about Linux? 

If you've asked yourself any of the above questions, you are in the right place for our exciting new blog series "Learning Linux." Over the coming weeks and months, Lenovo Linux Lead Mark Pearson will be introducing us to Linux and covering many of the questions you may have about this unique and boundless operating system. So, without further ado, we'll let Mark take it from here. 

Linux at Lenovo

My name is Mark and I work with the Lenovo Linux PC team as the technical lead for our Linux platforms. I wanted to take this opportunity to say "Hi", and introduce myself and the Linux program to the community. We’ll be chatting Linux, Linux tips and all thing Linux-Lenovo based in this new series "Learning Linux" the weeks to come.

About myself

I'm from Canada and I've been working with the PC team now for almost 2 years (it's gone crazy fast!). Before that I worked for 15 years on network switches where I was responsible for the boot loader, linux kernel and any open source applications; which was where I cut my teeth on Linux and got to learn a lot about building, debugging and supporting a Linux system. I switched to PCs and I it's been a learning experience! The amount of hardware that is packed into a modern laptop is astonishing, and the pace of change is rapid. There's a lot to learn but it's also a lot of fun and every day brings something new.

Linux at Lenovo

Lenovo has been supporting Linux on a number of their PCs for many years, but starting last year we expanded the program and are making many platforms available online for the first time. Before that, they were only available as special bids and it was hard to find out what hardware was supported with Linux and would run well. Initially systems are online in North America but we're working on expanding that to other geographies. We support a range of platforms. The majority of the Thinkpad range, the full workstation portfolio (with full configuration support), and many of the ThinkCenter platforms. We're expanding the portfolio every year so expect new platforms to show up in the future.

Get into the series:

#2: What is Linux and why would you use it? Linux is an operating system, much like Windows and OSx, with the big difference being that it's "open source"... Keep Reading

#3: How can I try Linux? Most Linux distributions have the concept of a 'Live' image which allows you to boot from a USB stick and try it out... Keep Reading

#4: Applications on Linux A big thank you to everybody who took part in the OS Preference forum discussion... Keep Reading

Which topics are you interested in?

I have some ideas for future topics but I would love feedback from you on any topics of interest and any questions.

Please share your Linux stories! Have you ever used Linux? If so how long and what is your experience with it? Please share your thoughts in the comments below or feel free to send me a message with any questions. 

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