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Lenovo, Linux, and the Coming of the Chromebooks

However great the strides made by user-friendly distros such as Ubuntu and Mint in recent years, it seems fair to say that Linux has not yet enjoyed any sweeping successes on the desktop the way it has on the mobile side with Android.

That, however, may be changing.

Thanks once again to none other than Google, Linux is now appearing with increasing frequency in the PC lineups of hardware makers including not just Acer and Samsung -- whose Chromebook is no less than Amazon's top-selling laptop -- but now Lenovo as well.

Schools may be the initial target for Lenovo's machines, but given Samsung's success, in particular, there's no telling what may come.

Bottom line? It just may be "another nail in Microsoft's coffin," as it was recently put.

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