Ubuntu 17.10 can brick some laptops

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Downloads of Ubuntu 17.10 have been disabled due to an
issue
that can cause it to corrupt the firmware on some laptops.
Lenovo laptops appear to be the most affected, but the problem is
apparently not limited to them. The intel-spi driver has been named as the
source of the problem; it’s not clear whether other distributions may also
be affected. If you downloaded 17.10, you might want to hold off on
installing it.