[arch-general] [arch-dev-public] Changes to microcode updates

Damjan Georgievski gdamjan at gmail.com
Thu Oct 23 17:40:25 UTC 2014

On 12 October 2014 14:28, Thomas Bächler <thomas at archlinux.org> wrote:
> Intel released a new microcode update that disables an instruction on
> Haswell CPUs. However, Linux doesn't handle this very well and in
> combination with our glibc version, this essentially crashes your system.
> The solution is to use the "new" early microcode update mechanism that
> was introduced almost two years ago ([1]). This means we need to build
> microcode support into the kernel.

from that documentation I didn't understand why can't the microcode be
part of the standard /boot/initramfs-linux.img in ArchLinux?

> [1]
> http://git.kernel.org/cgit/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git/tree/Documentation/x86/early-microcode.txt#


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