Microsoft and Lenovo ban Linux from Yoga notebooks

BIOS-lock prevent Linux installation

Microsoft and Lenovo have been caught in creating a locked notebooks that prevent users to install any other os other than the Windows 10, including Linux.

The issue has been first spotted on Reddit and includes Lenovo's Signature Edition Yoga convertible notebooks. The issue apparently has a different RAID mode which was pre-programmed and locked in the BIOS which prevent SSD to be put into Linux-compatible AHCI mode.

According to a reply coming from Lenovo, the Signature Edition Yoga notebook has a "Signature Edition of Windows 10 Home installed," which is locked per agreement with Microsoft.

While Lenovo claims that it does not have a policy to "intentionally block customers using other operating systems such as Linux" on its Yoga or other devices, it is obvious that Microsoft is pushing some manufacturers to make Windows 10 locked notebooks. Lenovo's explanation is that Linux does not support the different storage controller mode and that Linux vendors have to release appropriate drivers.

Hopefully, the issue will be cleared up in the next couple of days but for now, we would stay clear of Signature Edition.

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News by Luca Rocchi and Marc Büchel - German Translation by Marc Büchel - Italian Translation by Francesco Daghini

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