[yavor at doganov.org: Re: Defining Free Software Business]
schaefer at alphanet.ch
Tue Jun 27 10:47:03 UTC 2006
On Tue, Jun 27, 2006 at 12:12:21PM +0200, Alfred M. Szmidt wrote:
> Can you change the CPU microcode (I'm not familiar with new CPU's)?
There is an interface for that on GNU/Linux for some processors.
However it's undocumented (the microcode itself).
> since you wouldn't be able to update your microcode. Kinda like
> wanting the source code to your toaster, but the software is on a ROM
An EPROM can be changed. I did that once (recycling a proprietary
> I suspect that no hardware manufacturer _wants_ to have such a
> partnership. Check http://www.fsf.org/campaigns/free-bios.html for an
> interesting encounter between the FSF and IBM. The manufacturers
> simply don't even want to cooperate in anyway.
Interesting, didn't know about it.
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