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Re: Intel Microcode updates

If it is already described in the readme (I did not get this from the comments) then I´d consider that a good solution.

I did not know. I will have to do that on my own in a short while because I still have many Core 2 systems.

As I read from the latest comments the microcode updates for Core 2 systems are officially shipped by Intel via the internet though Intel denies this in another place apparently for marketing purposes. If this is really true I guess the update should be shipped by the usual means as for later CPUs.

Am 23.06.19 um 22:28 schrieb Henrique de Moraes Holschuh:
On Tue, 18 Jun 2019, Elmar Stellnberger wrote:
Perhaps you could add a bash script that does automatically download the
microcode like f.i. winetricks does with windows code. That way one could be
more sure to use the right url for it. I also still have quite a lot of Core
2 computers and would thus profit from such a provision.
I can add it as an example, sure, if someone writes one that is good
enough to share and sends it as a *whishlist* bug to the BTS with the

But I fear it will be pointless.  The README already tells you how to do
it yourself, and people won't read it, why would them find about an
example downloader script?

I have been quite clear enough in my reply below about microcode updates
sourced from random places, so such a downloader would *HAVE* to
download from the official microcode updates distribution, anyway.

Am 12.06.19 um 16:52 schrieb Henrique de Moraes Holschuh:
(BCC'd to #929073 to avoid dragging the BTS into this thread).

On Tue, 11 Jun 2019, Moritz Mühlenhoff wrote:
Russell Coker <russell@coker.com.au> schrieb:
Should it be regarded as a bug in the intel-microcode package that it doesn't
have this update that is "easy enough to source"?  Or do you mean "easy to get
but not licensed for distribution"?
This is covered by #929073, which links to a PDF by Intel (which documents
that Intel won't ship an update for your CPU).
I'd like to add that:

We do not, and will not, distribute in non-free's intel-microcode
anything we did not get from Intel (or from someone else who got it from
Intel with permission to redistribute).  This ensures all microcode
updates we distribute in non-free are under a license that allows

Note that, as long as there are very good reasons to do so, I am willing
to distribute microcode updates that are no longer being distributed[1],
since we did receive it with an appropriate license that allows
redistribution in the first place.

Also, one can place whatever microcode updates they got from wherever to
/usr/share/misc/intel-microcode*.bin at their own risk and
responsibility, and the intel-microcode package will attempt to use it.

[1] as in: "they were being distributed by Intel on the Linux microcode
update package in the past, and for more than one release of Intel's
microcode update package".

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