After protest, Lenovo adds Linux compatibility to Yoga 900 and 900S … – PCWorld

Lenovo created a stir when it said the Yoga 900 and 900S hybrids would work only with Windows, not Linux. The company has now changed its stance, bringing Linux support to those PCs.

The PC maker earlier this month issued a BIOS update so Linux can be loaded on Yoga 900, 900S and IdeaPad 710 models.

The BIOS update adds an AHCI (Advance Host Controller Interface) SATA controller mode so users can load Linux on the laptops.

This is a Linux-only BIOS, meaning it should be used only by those who want to load the OS. If you want to continue with Windows, do not load the firmware. “This BIOS is not intended to be used on machines running Windows operating systems,” Lenovo said.

The PC maker is not providing support for the BIOS, and users have to assume any risks of system problems.

Lenovo didn’t immediately say if loading Linux would invalidate the warranty of the laptops. But in some cases loading another OS on laptop can break a limited warranty.

The BIOS was created at the request of users, Lenovo said. Most people use Windows, so many won’t load the BIOS. Locking out Linux from Windows 10 PCs, however, sparked a heated discussion on Reddit.

Lenovo earlier argued that the Yoga 900 and 900S, which can fold into a tablet, were tested for Windows 10—particularly the touch functionality and even the hinges. For example, when the laptop is folded into a tablet, a sensor driver identifies the change and loads the tablet interface of Windows 10.

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