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posted by janrinok on Wednesday December 06, @06:49PM   Printer-friendly
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Linux computer vendor System76 announced this week that it will roll out a firmware update to disable Intel Management Engine on laptops sold in the past few years. Purism will also disable Intel Management Engine on computers it sells moving forward. Those two computer companies are pretty small players in the multi-billion dollar PC industry. …

... Intel's Management Engine is a hardware and software system designed to provide some remote management features. But it's come under criticism from privacy advocates, security researchers, and the free and open source software community.

That's because Intel Management Engine is basically a mystery. It's software that runs independently of a computer's operating system, which means that even if you wipe the OS, the Management Engine is still there. And there's no good way to know what it's doing.

The risks aren't just theoretical ā€“ Intel recently acknowledged a security vulnerability affecting nearly every PC that shipped with a 6th, 7th, or 8th-gen Intel Core processor. While the company is working with PC makers to roll out updates to patch that vulnerability, it wouldn't even exist if Intel hadn't bundled a feature many users don't need and won't use with its latest chips.

System76 are making a similar move:

System76 is one a handful of companies that sells computers that run Linux software out of the box. But like most PCs that have shipped with Intel’s Core processors in the past few years, System76 laptops include Intel’s Management Engine firmware. Intel recently confirmed a major security vulnerability affecting those chips and it’s working with …



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  • (Score: 0, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @07:02PM (6 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @07:02PM (#606281)

    System 7.6 was riddled with Bomb errors which would crash the entire OS constantly. I had the misfortune of running System 7.6 on a PowerBook and I needed to run Disk First Aid every day and Norton Disk Doctor every week to reverse corruption caused by all the crashes. I even installed a keylogger on my own laptop as a failsafe against losing unsaved work.

    What kind of ignorant idiot would name a modern OS after one of the worst versions of MacOS ever made?

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  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @07:23PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @07:23PM (#606306)

    That sound you hear is old mac users heads asploding.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @07:38PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @07:38PM (#606325)


  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @09:06PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @09:06PM (#606401)

    So were you ever able to stop BBEdit Lite from straining to keep up?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @11:41PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @11:41PM (#606473)

      I used Tex-Edit Plus.

  • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Wednesday December 06, @10:36PM

    by DannyB (5839) on Wednesday December 06, @10:36PM (#606457)

    System 7 was a huge advance. But in time, real men used Mac OS 9 and then abandoned Apple for good when OS X came out.

    Now that Windows is permanently forever stuck at Windows 10, I have a marketing idea . . .

    Windows OS X

  • (Score: 2) by stormwyrm on Friday December 08, @11:09AM

    by stormwyrm (717) Subscriber Badge on Friday December 08, @11:09AM (#607152) Journal
    They didn't name their company after MacOS 7.6. The 76 in their name alludes to 1776, the year of the American Revolution. See here []:

    Iā€™m often asked of the meaning behind the System76 name. The ā€˜76ā€² is a reference to the American Revolution of 1776. We hope that through System76 we can act as great representatives of the open source revolution. Representatives of our Independence from proprietary software.

    The right to believe whatever you want does not mean that whatever you want to believe is right.