You can personalize some softwares with "skins", so why not the hardware (literally)?
Gluing fabric on the lid would be much easier, but not easily removable. This cover has to be hard because it is removable. Why is it removable?
- because the laptop belongs to my company, so I should not do potentially irreversible things to it (so, installing Linux is fine!), and
- I might need to remove it occasionally, e.g. for some meetings (it's what I thought in the first place. In fact I never had to, so far. Icebreaker).
Credits: inspiration from the furry laptop.