Update 2: The original title of this article â âMicrosoft is now blocking laptops from installing Linux, Lenovo saysâ â has been edited to match the latest developments with the story. Please see the detailed update at the bottom of the page.
It seemed itâs all love between Microsoft and Linux, but things might be about to change drastically very soon.
As observed by Redditor BaronHK and corroborated by digital freedom advocateÂ Techrights, Microsoft is now preventing some laptops from installing any other OS than the Windows 10 Signature Edition that they ship with.
BaronHK first discovered the issue when he attempted to install Linux on his Lenovo Yoga 900 ISK2 ultrabook, but the Redditor claims the restriction persists on other Lenovo devices likeÂ Yoga 900S and Yoga 710S.
According to BaronHK, the issue stems from a proprietary technology that LenovoÂ uses to lock the BIOS of the devices and preventÂ users from installing any other operating systems.
Lenovo has already confirmed BaronHKâs discoveryÂ in a review he left onÂ BestBuyâs website,Â but it suggests Microsoft is to blame.
âThis system has a Signature Edition of Windows 10 Home installed. It is locked per our agreement with Microsoft.â
Now, this doesnât mean thereâs absolutely no way to install another OS on affected devices â itâs damn near impossible though. Doing so, however, requires several additional tools youâll have to buy yourselfÂ as well as skills and knowledge that even seasoned developers might lack.
BaronHK has already discussed the issue in more detail in a thread on Lenovoâs own forum. Lenovo reps temporarilyÂ restricted access to the thread when the news began picking upÂ momentum, but itâs currently back up. In case itâs locked again, you can access a cached version from here.
Weâve contacted Microsoft and Lenovo for further commentary and will update this piece accordingly.
Update:Â As Cassim KetfiÂ has pointed out, it isnâtÂ Microsoft thatâs preventing you from installing other OS. Instead, the issue has to doÂ with Lenovoâs RAID storage configuration that isnât yet supported by Linux.
A spokesperson for LenovoÂ has since told Tech RepublicÂ that the company is not deliberately blocking Linux-based systems.
To improve performance, the industry is moving to RAID on the SSDs and Lenovo is leading with this change. Lenovo does not block customers using other operating systems on its devices but relies on the alternative operating system vendors to release appropriate drivers.
Weâll keep you updated as the story develops.