merlyn wrote:In terms of having a stable, reliable system development drivers are more of a risk than disabling meltdown/spectre mitigations.
I read that Intel wanted the mitigations to be 'opt-in'. The Linux kernel would be distributed without the performance hit to Intel hardware, and if you were a government employee, a spy, an international businessman or other party with valuable secrets the mitigations could be enabled.
It was Linus who insisted the mitigations be 'opt-out'.
Interesting. I use AMD anyway so I'm not sure what differences it makes. I'm still not trying it though. Not clued up enough to understand just what I'd be getting myself into