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Linux 5.17 debuts after 'very calm' extra week of work

gerryg

Re: This one has lost me!

I'm confused about the workings of the business model.

I start by assuming all the dies coming off a wafer are identical and the method of enabling is universal (if not how are these things made?) So if I buy microcode it must surely work on all the same devices. How do Intel prevent unauthorized distribution, intentional or otherwise?

If there is a method of prevention it must be something like TPM on a stick.

I don't think this can be anything to do with GPL versions as the source code is readable in both. This has got to be about binary blobs.

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