[GTALUG] Purism Aims To Build A Philosophically Pure Laptop

Lennart Sorensen lsorense at csclub.uwaterloo.ca
Mon Jan 26 20:04:42 UTC 2015

On Sat, Jan 24, 2015 at 06:05:43PM -0500, Stewart C. Russell wrote:
> On 2015-01-24 03:12 PM, Thomas Milne wrote:
> > http://techcrunch.com/2015/01/23/purism-aims-to-build-a-philosophically-pure-laptop/?ncid=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=sfgplus&%3Fncid=sfgplus
> But but but … the Intel processor is full of microcode blobs!

Yes I think every modern x86 has a ton of microsode because it is running
x86 on a RISC like core.  No one would build a modern high performance
cpu that runs x86 natively.  Too messy.

> (Didn't some folks used to advocate running a MIPS-based thingy which
> was entirely open source, down to the processor microcode?)

That ought to work.  ARM probably would too, at least some models.

Len Sorensen

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