Now, this doesn’t mean there’s absolutely no way to install another OS on affected devices – it’s damn near impossible though. Doing so, however, requires several additional tools you’ll have to buy yourself 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 Lenovo’s own forum. Lenovo reps temporarily restricted access to the thread when the news began picking up momentum, but it’s currently back up. In case it’s locked again, you can access a cached version from here.
We’ve contacted Microsoft and Lenovo for further commentary and will update this piece accordingly.
Update: As Cassim Ketfi has pointed out, it isn’t Microsoft that’s preventing you from installing other OS. Instead, the issue has to do with Lenovo’s RAID storage configuration that isn’t yet supported by Linux.
A spokesperson for Lenovo has since told Tech Republic 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.
We’ll keep you updated as the story develops.