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[libreplanet-discuss] The state of Libre Hardware

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Subject: [libreplanet-discuss] The state of Libre Hardware
Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2018 16:55:30 -0500
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This is kind of short notice but I believe there should be a mention of the current state of libre hardware and the OEM's continual revoking of computing freedom.

Up until recently your computer was truly yours, only recently have both x86_64 OEM's Intel and AMD added black box supervisor processors and hardware level code signing enforcement as a backdoor and to currently prevent you from modifying your computers firmware and in the future prevent you from installing linux on the average computer entirely; Microsofts "Secure" boot V2.0 has conveniently removed the requirement that users be allowed to disable it or add their own keys. I imagine that eventually consumer grade computers will prevent users from installing the operating system of their choice and one would have to buy an expensive "business" PC to install linux.

As of now there is only one high performance owner controlled CPU arch (POWER) and only one modern high performance system that is owner controlled with libre firmware (Raptor's TALOS 2).

AMD's Opteron socket G34/C32 is the last owner controlled x86_64 platform, while you can buy a KGPE-D16/KCMA-D8 and install libre firmware for the board and BMC the platform is showing its age and is significantly slower than the OpenPOWER9 TALOS 2.

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