Microsoft, Lenovo Accused Of Blocking Linux On Signature Edition PCs
Laptops today are increasingly powerful. Right now, if you get a new laptop, the probability is that it comes with the new Windows 10 operating system but there are some people that prefer to have a choice when it comes to OS selection. While some people are fine with Windows 10, there are those who might want to have a dual OS system running. A few people who bought Lenovo laptops like the Yoga 900, 910S, and 710S, found that Lenovo was blocking Linux.
This is due to an agreement between Microsoft and OEMs which includes but is not limited to Lenovo. This agreement prevents other operating systems from being installed on signature laptops. Signature Edition PCs run Windows 10 without any bloatware installed on them. When it comes to Lenovo, these signature edition laptops seem to be increasingly unfriendly towards other operating systems and hence blocking Linux from being installed.
We can see why blocking Linux would be a big deal and why the Linux community took arms against Microsoft and called out the company regarding these practices and this deal that has been made. Lenovo recently explained that they were not doing so on purpose and the issue was due to the RAID format of the SSDs which was unfriendly towards Linux OS. So Lenovo has not intentionally been blocking Linux.
It is simply up to Linux vendors and developers to provide drivers and support for RAID on SSD storage. Hence Lenovo is putting this on the Linux community. Lenovo driver support on the other hand for such hardware has never been perfect so it is no surprise that this is what Lenovo claims to be the problem. It has become better over the years but there is no reason for the Linux community to point fingers here and it seems that they were eager to make such a claim.