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Processor microcode update packages (was: Towards d-i wheezy beta 3)

Henrique de Moraes Holschuh <hmh@debian.org> writes:
> On Thu, 13 Sep 2012, Wolodja Wentland wrote:
>> On Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 11:44 +0200, Marco d'Itri wrote:
>> > Also, we should mention somewhere (the install documentation?) that 
>> > non-free should be enabled to install microcode fixes which may be 
>> > critical to maintain the system stability.
>> Could you elaborate on this please? I have been running systems just fine
>> even though microcode.ctl (and corresponding microcode) was not installed and
>> a look at microcode.ctl's popcon [0] confirms that a majority of users do the
>> same.
> System stability depends critically on the presence of microcode that is as
> up-to-date as required to cover all serious bugs on all features of the
> processor that your workload uses.

I think this should be mentioned somewhere *much* more prominent. I
consider myself pretty tech-savy, but only stumbled upon this just now
on the this list. Can a non-free package be made essential or
required? It seems there is really absolutely no-reason other than
non-freeness for not installing this by default.



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