Microsoft may block laptops from installing Linux [Update]. Microsoft is all out of love for Linux, and no longer plays well with others. But, the company isn't lost without Linux, and is cutting deals with manufacturers to lock the BIOS of new computers to block installation of other OSes, like Linux. Most of us are locked into the Microsoft ecosystem anyway; so, it is not a problem that those, other than computer geeks, will have. But, once you buy a computer, you should have the freedom to load whatever operating system you want on it. There are ways to get around the locked BIOS; but, they involve using an external ROM flasher, and are a pain. So, before you put money down on that flashy new computer, find out if you can load your favorite OS on it. Jeez.