@rysiek I wish it were so easy.
AMD is generally a "good guy" (or... gal?) only by virtue of being an underdog. When they come up on top, their behavior changes rapidly, and not for the better.
No big corp is your friend.
@drq absolutely. But I also need computing devices, and I have to work within a particular crappy world. I can try to change it a bit here and there, but CPU design happens not to be my forte. 🤷♀️
@aral @drq Linux is also proprietary. Many nonfree stuff in it or problematic license so unless you modify it to remove those craps, it's a nonfree software running on your computer. @lxo and @jxself handle Linux-Libre. People (well at least some of them) can use it. I run Debian on my machine which also runs a modified version of Linux to get rid of nonfree stuff.
@aral The question is not about how "corporate" something is or not, the question is what does it actually do. And this seems first and foremost to pave a way for implementing microtransactions-style business model in *actual* hardware, silicon space.
@masukomi @drq And then there are things not being what we might think they are. Linux is a corporate operate system that happens to be open source. Surveillance capitalism runs on Linux. Yes, some of us also use it for other reasons (and thank goodness it exists) but let’s not kid ourselves that the reason it does is anything but because it meets corporate needs and gets corporate funding. And my point is that the corporations that fund/develop Linux likely don’t have any objections to this.
@drq @aral Oh, I think it very much is a question of how corporate something is. I have yet to see a monetization strategy that does not revolve around some value-subtracted feature. Not that I approve of working for free, but between no volunteer work and no cynical monetization gimmicks I see no possible solution. Or even a middle ground, such as allowing some antifeature categories and disallowing others. Seems those goalposts always get moved eventually.
@shuro Same as I propose with stuff like DRM, Games as a Service, etc. I propose asking Intel, what is it they're actually trying to do here, who is it going to benefit and at whose expense, and, ultimately if it even should be legal or not.
@shuro In my view, point of sale is where the seller forfeits all decision-making power over a good for a buyer in exchange for money.
This is clearly an attempt to retain control over a good after a point of sale, and cripple the product for good if that fails. This is the root of all evil. This is what creates this unhealthy power dynamic we all know and love as "DRM". This is DRM in hardware.
@shuro Well, that's where I find out hardware news. Because if it doesn't work in Linux, I don't care :)
As for your answer, well that's what they always say. It's the corporate version of "go fuck yourself", really. And we need to demand real answers.
@email@example.com I'm certain Linux-libre will patch it out
I'm certainly not enabling the config symbol
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