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[libreplanet-discuss] Does VIA's x86 CPUs have non-free "ME"s?

From: Pen-Yuan Hsing
Subject: [libreplanet-discuss] Does VIA's x86 CPUs have non-free "ME"s?
Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:30:44 +0100
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Dear Libreplanet,

As we all know, a major problem with Intel (and AMD) x86 CPUs is that they come with a proprietary "Management Engine (ME)" (or "Platform Security Processor" for AMD) that is not only non-free but also with demonstrated security holes.

I just recalled that VIA Technologies also have a line of x86 CPUs [1]. Do VIA CPUs also have the equivalent of the much-maligned ME? Or are VIA CPUs more freedom-respecting? Would it help software freedom at all (or not?) to use VIA CPUs instead? I'm curious!


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