Lenovo denies deliberately blocking installation of Linux on its computers

Sep

22

2016

Lenovo denies that it intentionally blocks the installation of Linux and other operating systems on computers. Wednesday, there were rumors that laptops with Windows 10 Home this block in the Microsoft Signature Series as a result of an agreement with Microsoft.

The company denies Redmondse opposite Tweakers the existence of such an agreement and states: “Lenovo has recently switched to RAID configurations for SSDs in some systems, so additional steps are required to use all the features.” Lenovo Tweakers sent a more elaborate response, in which it says it has passed to raid for SSDs to improve the performance of systems. Also, Linux and other operating systems would be blocked intentionally. For non-supported models Lenovo claims to be dependent on Linux vendors for drivers and kernels to support raid on SSD’s.

The issue of Lenovo started playing when a Reddit user a response had allegedly Lenovo employee got his negative review of Yoga 900 ISK2 laptop from Lenovo. He had tried to install Linux, but he missed it by a particular RAID configuration. In response suggested the “Lenovo Product Expert” that this was not possible because Windows Signature devices are “closed following an agreement with Microsoft. After the Reddit post received more attention, Lenovo limited temporary access to a thread on his forum on this topic. Computers in the Signature series, according to Microsoft not equipped with bloatware.

Matthew Garrett, who contributed much to include the Linux kernel, explains in a blog post that it in this issue is a support issue in Linux. Intel would “still have not sent patches to Linux to support RAID mode, allowing users to select Lenovo models at this time would be stuck with Windows 10 Home. Garrett suspects that the decision of Lenovo comes from the fact that “Intel hardware requires a specific configuration for optimal energy efficiency.

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