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Windows 7: Should Intel decide what software we can run?

17 Sep 2010   #1
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 
Should Intel decide what software we can run?

Intel has a brilliant new idea to make our computers safe: dictate what software we’re allowed to use.

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Ars Technica reports on Intel’s walled garden plan to put A/V vendors out of business. It starts out sounding tentatively very positive about plans announced at the Intel Developer Forum by Paul Otellini.

The idea appears to be very similar to the way Apple manages the iPhone App Store, where every single piece of software in it has to be approved and certified by Apple before it is made available to the public — except it is meant to apply to every x86 architecture platform Intel produces in the future, most likely including a future replacement for whatever computer you use to read this article. Intel is pitching its own plan with its marketing apparently focused purely on security for now, talking about trusted vendors’ software being the only software allowed to run on its platforms. The idea seems to be that a “default deny” approach to allowing software to run on the system would be preferable to the current “default allow”, with only certified software offerings being able to run on the system.

While the initial careful boosterism eventually falters, the assumption inherent in the tone of the Ars Technica article never even questions the validity of such an approach to security, with Intel acting as final arbiter of All Things Trustworthy. If you know anything about real security, though — where real security is defined by the needs of the user, and not the business model of the vendor — your first thought upon reading the article should probably be something like, “I wonder if I should plan to move all my hardware to AMD processors.”
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Should Intel decide what software we can run? | IT Security | TechRepublic.com


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17 Sep 2010   #2
Win7User512

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

No, they shouldn't. Apple doesn't control what software is on Macs, only iOS.

A silly idea, IMO. Probably a gray area for trusts too.

Why only x86 though?
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17 Sep 2010   #3
abuttino

Windows 7 RTM x86/x64
 
 

Jailbreak your computers... Nice thought isn't it?

We are living in the days of DMCA. The iPhone was just a start. Don't think AMD won't be far behind if Intel does it.
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17 Sep 2010   #4
madtownidiot

 

Hope not. the only machine I plan to keep for more than the next few months is the one in my specs
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17 Sep 2010   #5
Darician

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

As an Intel stalwart and having been one for over 10 years, if they do this on all their CPUs, then I jump ship to AMD.
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17 Sep 2010   #6
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

If anybody tries to restrict what software can or cannot be used, I predict even more hacks to circumvent those restrictions.

Necessity, who is the mother of invention.
Plato
Greek author & philosopher in Athens (427 BC - 347 BC)
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17 Sep 2010   #7
MattRainier

7 Ultimate x64, Vista Ultimate x64, 7 Pro x64, XP Pro x86, Linux Mint Nadia Cinnamon
 
 

I've always preferred AMD, this would just reaffirm my belief that they are the better of the two.
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17 Sep 2010   #8
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I don't think it would bother my computing one way or the other.
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17 Sep 2010   #9
madtownidiot

 

It boils down to the simple concept of ownership and personal property. Once you have purchased something, no one else has the right to dictate how you use it. Any terms and conditions, laws, contracts, etc that dictate otherwise are an infringement on those rights.
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17 Sep 2010   #10
Win7User512

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madtownidiot View Post
It boils down to the simple concept of ownership and personal property. Once you have purchased something, no one else has the right to dictate how you use it. Any terms and conditions, laws, contracts, etc that dictate otherwise are an infringement on those rights.
Ah, but Microsoft (for example) would say that you lease Windows--you don't actually own a copy; If their license agreement is still the same.
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