Warning: don't buy a Lenovo Yoga 900 ISK2 "Microsoft Signature Edition" if you want to run Linux on it

…because if you do, you’ll have a very expensive paper-weight.

Links discussing it in the order I became aware of them:



Adding the hackernews thread: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=12545878


For a company that claims to “love Linux” they sure don’t pay much attention to the collateral damage of their decisions.


As someone who just dumped Microsoft for Linux, I’m obviously not a fan of Microsoft. But I would think the fact that they’re calling that device a “Microsoft Signature Edition” would be a dead giveaway that it’s not going to be Linux friendly. They’ve clearly gone out of their way to set up those systems to be optimized for use by Microsoft, and I can’t imagine that they want anyone messing with those settings. I mean, yeah, it does seem kind of like a crappy maneuver on their part, but it’s a fairly obvious one. No? They started drawing that line in the sand when they replaced the BIOS with UEFI. They’re just being more obvious about it now.

I personally have no intention of purchasing another laptop that has Windows pre-installed. Too many OEM’s are crawling right into bed with Microsoft. It’s becoming too much of a risk to hope that the hardware that you’re purchasing isn’t going to to screw you over in this way with or without the obvious labels. I’ll most likely end up with something like a System 76 unit. It’ll limit some of my hardware options in the short term, but at least I’ll know that I’m getting a system that is designed to work with the OS of my choosing.

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It's a corporation, there's no love or hate, only business.

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Yeah. Except that switch was frozen by lenovo, as per the articles.

Hallo all and (@ouroumov)

Lenovo has released a BIOS update


Following last month’s criticisms, Lenovo has released a BIOS update for its Yoga 900 range of laptops, finally allowing them to support GNU/Linux installations.

Please see:

The link for the BIOS download is:

Has anyone tried this - does it actually work?

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