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posted by janrinok on Monday July 11, @12:43AM   Printer-friendly
from the ought-to-give-Windows-the-boot dept.

AMD Ryzen PRO 6860Z powered Lenovo Z13 notebook with Microsoft Pluton co-processor can't boot Linux operating systems

Phoronix reports that AMD powered ThinkPad Z13 laptop featuring Ryzen 6000 PRO Zen3+ series has problem booting Linux operating systems. This has been discovered by Matthew Garrett who shared the news on his website.

This laptop is equipped with Lenovo exclusive AMD Ryzen PRO 6860Z processor with built-in Microsoft Pluton security co-processors. This is a dedicated chip that is supposed to increase security for Windows systems by verifying UEFI certificate keys. The problem is that it only trusts Microsoft's key, not any 3rd party UEFI keys that are used by various Linux distributions.

This essentially means that Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 simply cannot run any Linux system. This laptop ships with Windows 11 by default and while there is no mention of Linux support anywhere, one could also argue that nowhere does it say it cannot boot Linux (and yes we have checked various official specs and press releases).


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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by drussell on Monday July 11, @07:47PM

    by drussell (2678) Subscriber Badge on Monday July 11, @07:47PM (#1259881) Journal

    FURTHERMORE...

    This laptop ships with Windows 11 by default and while there is no mention of Linux support anywhere, one could also argue that nowhere does it say it cannot boot Linux (and yes we have checked various official specs and press releases).

    ... is ALSO demonstrably false!

    They certainly couldn't have tried very hard to find any sort of OS list specification, since the actual specification PDF for the Z13 series clearly states:

    Operating System
    • Windows® 11 Pro 64
    • Windows 11 Home 64
    • Windows 11 DG Windows 10 Pro 64
    • Fedora Linux
    • Linux
    • Ubuntu Linux
    • No operating system

    https://psref.lenovo.com/syspool/Sys/PDF/ThinkPad/ThinkPad_Z13_Gen_1/ThinkPad_Z13_Gen_1_Spec.pdf [lenovo.com]

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