On Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 10:21:24PM -0200, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh wrote: > On Thu, 16 Jan 2014, Aravind Gopalakrishnan wrote: > > We might want to still have a software fix for this just in case > > someone uses older BIOSes.. > > There is no "just in case" when it comes to someone using outdated firmware. > It is a *given*, except for hardware that is only used in HPC and multiple > (> 2) socket servers/workstations (which might be the case here, I don't > know what processors we're talking about). > > The vast majority of PC users will never update their firmware, unless the > update is automatically offered to them, and sometimes not even in that > case.
We also cannot carry *every* erratum workaround in the kernel just because people don't update firmware. Firmware is becoming ubiquitous, sadly, and because of that, admins should provision for firmware upgrades too. Besides, *even* if we put *all* errata fixes in the kernel, you'd need to update it anyway and reboot. In this case, you can just as well update your firmware instead, which involves that same reboot. -- Regards/Gruss, Boris. Sent from a fat crate under my desk. Formatting is fine. -- -- To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in the body of a message to majord...@vger.kernel.org More majordomo info at http://vger.kernel.org/majordomo-info.html Please read the FAQ at http://www.tux.org/lkml/