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SubjectRe: Intel And Kenrel Programming (was: Nvidia is a great company)
On Sun, 2003-01-12 at 11:45, Alan Cox wrote:
> There are actually very few chips we don't have to deal with some kind
> of errata on, and the newer more complex chips generally have the larger
> collections of errata.
>
> One thing that has been helpful is the microcode update stuff Intel did, we
> hit few bugs that up to date microcode kill off
>

The hardware engineers, in my experience, will not refer to those issues
as bugs, but rather as misdocumented features... No? I mean if an
errata is enough to work around the problem, then the documentation was
clearly the problem, and not the hardware implementation.

As per the microcode updates, I noticed RedHat 8 was autoupdating
microcode on each boot IIRC. I've since switched to Debian and don't
know that it does this. Should I be concerned?

-Rob

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