You May Not be Able to Install Linux on Certain Microsoft Windows “Signature” PCs
Just a few days ago, it was announced that Microsoft is the biggest open source contributor according to data put together by Github. This was hugely welcomed in the Open-source community as many began to have the feeling that the Redmond-based company might be loosening its negative stance against open source, especially Linux.
It looks like Microsoft is open-source friendly only when it benefits according to a Reddit post made by an owner of a Yoga 900 ISK2 Ultrabook, Microsoft hates it when its customers want to install Linux or any other operating systems for that matter on its PCs.
When Microsoft announced the Windows 10 operating system, open source enthusiasts felt betrayed because right after the launch of the OS, reports began to go around that OEMs will be able to force-enable UEFI Secure Boot that only allows the users to boot Microsoft-approved operating systems on locked-down PCs.
Secure Boot feature in the UEFI firmware checks the OS to ensure that they’re signed by a digital signature commonly seen on devices like Surface and Surface 2. While Windows 8 allowed the user to disable Secure Boot and install other operating systems like Linux, Windows 10 does not.
The affected user posted this warning on Reddit — “Warning: Microsoft Signature PC program now requires that you can’t run Linux. Lenovo’s recent Ultrabooks among affected systems.”
The user BaronHK also complained about it on the Best Buy review section about why Yoga 900 ISK2 Ultrabook has been set to stop people from using Linux, here’s what a Lenovo Product Expert replied—
“This system has a Signature Edition of Windows 10 Home installed. It is locked per our agreement with Microsoft.”
Microsoft never announced anywhere that it is banning Linux from being installed on other computers like the Yoga 900 ISK2 Ultrabook and it reminds to be seen whether the company’s Linux endeavour was just a PR stunt to appear likeable among Linux enthusiasts or is this all Lenovo’s doing.