This is not good for Linux, below the OS Security from Intel

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Was looking over the specs of a small format PC and read the below,
I removed the manufacturers name just in case it would be problematic.

Superb security​

Innovate fearlessly with the end-to-end security of Th???Shi???, which combines industry-leading hardware, software, services, and processes to protect ideas and business. The Intel vPro® platform brings below-the-OS protection to better safeguard data and assets and maintain long-term stability

What does that mean for Linux users, will we be hindered in what we can install on such
a system, or will be just spied on. by this under the OS crap, which is just what I.M.E is too.

And it looks like AMD and Qualcomm are infested too.

Meet the Microsoft Pluton processor​

Today, Microsoft alongside our biggest silicon partners are announcing a new vision for Windows security to help ensure our customers are protected today and in the future. In collaboration with leading silicon partners AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., we are announcing the Microsoft Pluton security processor.
 
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The above is why I spend bottom dollar on anything with
Intel or Amd in it, can't wait until Risc-V turns up in an
entry level computing device / laptop.

This is supposed to be marketing, from the computer manufacturer,

Retain your drive if it should happen to fail, giving you the peace of mind of knowing that your valuable data is secure.
 
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Microsoft is going to be in control of issuing updates to the
Pluton Chip, not motherboard manufacturers.
Total Control is here, @sarahConnors , where are you @sarahConnors
 
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Well they did not hide it from us, Proudly labelled on
row after row of Laptops and PC 's

Intel Inside! spying away
 

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I removed the manufacturers name just in case it would be problematic.

Dropping their name here is not a problem. They deserve to sit in the hot glare of Linux users opinions.
 

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I don't know when I will buy a new computer. I have 3 desktops and this is the oldest clunker.
Memory: RAM: total: 1.94 GiB used: 1.11 GiB (57.1%)
RAM Report: permissions: Unable to run dmidecode. Root privileges required.
CPU: Info: Quad Core model: AMD Phenom 9500 bits: 64 type: MCP cache: L2: 2 MiB
Speed: 2210 MHz min/max: N/A Core speeds (MHz): 1: 2210 2: 2210 3: 2210 4: 2210
Drives: Local Storage: total: 289.71 GiB used: 5.45 GiB (1.9%)
ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Kingston model: SA400S37240G size: 223.57 GiB
Swap the HDD for a 50$C SSD and it's as good as new.:)
 

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As far as I can tell (and I might be wrong) seems like this is designed to work under a Windows computer only.
Microsoft unveiled Pluton, a security processor designed to withstand even the harshest cyberattacks. The tech giant first introduced a security processor in November 2020 to protect future Windows PCs. Pluton stores sensitive information like passwords and encryption keys at the hardware level to better protect them.
In a nutshell, Pluton only has one job – to guard sensitive information like encryption keys, credentials, and user information. It isolates this important information using Secure Hardware Cryptography Key (SHACK) technology. Moreover, the security chip will get regular firmware updates via Windows Update, just like any other PC component.

With Intel vPro® Enterprise for Windows OS, your PCs will have the power business requires—to help improve productivity through enhanced performance, help strengthen data security, and give you greater fleet management control. Specifically tuned to meet the needs of today’s IT professionals, it provides performance, security, manageability, and stability at a level of excellence required by business standards., Intel vPro® provides more—to help your business thrive in a rapidly changing digital world.


Also, this is some old stuff:
A thread on SO from 8 years, 6 months ago:
 

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I wonder how we as a Linux Community could go about dealing with this?

If there is something in the new chips on the mobo's that would prevent us from installing Linux this would be a big problem.
 
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The only way to deal with this is use old computers that had no spy chip.
Or wait until RISC-V comes up to speed and is put into Laptops.
As much as microcr?? and intel are trying to lock down computing and
keep control and access to themselves, there are small groups busy finding
ways to provide spy free hardware and software, so there will always be a
way, just means not using intel or microsoft or any of their so called co conspiritors / partners.
 

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I wonder how we as a Linux Community could go about dealing with this?

If there is something in the new chips on the mobo's that would prevent us from installing Linux this would be a big problem.
I see Microsoft Linux Cloud OS Microsoft knows best.
 

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I see Microsoft Linux Cloud OS Microsoft knows best.

Really just an existing distro.
 

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I see Microsoft Linux Cloud OS Microsoft knows best.
Really just an existing distro.

I was being sarcastic.
 

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The TPM has keys and those keys are encrypted. We shouldn't have to get permission from the operating system that has "windows as well as gates" in order to boot our Linux operating systems.

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It seems to me that we are in a tit for tat war with M$. Linux developers are working to keep Linux from drowning due to the constant incursions against Linux software and vendors hardware.

Just wondering here, what could or might happen if the good folks from Linux (all of us) picket or write to companies saying that we don't want these anti trust measures used on hardware or software items that they sell?

I encourage you to write to Dr. Richard Stallman and our King of Linux: Linus Torvalds.
As members of the Linux community we should not allow these anti competitive practices to be established to stop or hinder us from being able to use Linux on our own PC's.

Dr. Richard Stallman's e-mail:
[email protected]

Linus Torvalds e-mail:
[email protected]
 

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It seems to me that we are in a tit for tat war with M$.
They're certainly guilty of monopoly. We know it, they know it, and the govt knows it. MS is a titan in the tech industry. They have clout, lobbying, and more money to throw at it than we'll ever see.

GNU/Linux is almost the opposite; Linux isn't an industry, it is an ideology. No single company makes all the decisions. Even so, it manages to persevere. That is a big thorn in MS' side. So far, MS hasn't been able to hurt the GNU/Linux community in any major way, because we are by and large a community and not a business interest they can directly attack.
 
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