AMD microcode updates.

Tim Gardner tim.gardner at canonical.com
Wed Dec 1 20:43:20 GMT 2010


On 12/01/2010 01:19 PM, Pete Graner wrote:
> On 12/01/2010 02:52 PM, Pete Graner wrote:
>> On 11/30/2010 05:14 AM, Colin Ian King wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>>
>>> I think we should consider supporting AMD microcode updates for Natty.
>>> The kernel microcode driver is able to load the AMD microcode file
>>> automatically from /lib/firmware/amd-ucode/microcode_amd.bin when the
>>> module is loaded using the firmware loading infrastructure, so we don't
>>> need to mess around with user space tools like the Intel microcode_ctl·
>>>
>>> The microcode is available at:
>>> http://www.amd64.org/support/microcode.html (tarball at:
>>> http://www.amd64.org/index.php?id=50&file=amd-ucode-latest.tar)
>>>
>>> The caveat is we need some careful inspection of the Software License
>>> Agreement.
>>>
>>> Colin
>>>
>>>
>>
>> I'll vett this with Canonical legal. I will report back here with the
>> status.
>>
>> ~pete
>>
>
> After taking to legal, this is ok to ship provided we distribute
> everything in the tarball as part of the package.
>
> Only questions I have are:
>
> 1. Is this going to be a separate package, or part of the existing
> microcode package?
>
> 2. if #1 is separate then who is doing the MIR?
>
> ~pete
>

If we model it after the Intel method for packaging CPU microcode, then 
#1. I'm also quite happy with having this new package live in Universe 
right alongside intel-microcode. No MIR required for Universe packages.

rtg
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Tim Gardner tim.gardner at canonical.com



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