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Holiday Fun #1: Try an unusual operating system...

Just before Christmas, we put together a holiday-fun quiz to find out what sort of techno-geeky diversions you’d like to lose yourself in, assuming that [a] you have some time off work and [b] you have some online time to spare. 1,206 more words


Tanenbaum: more comments regarding Intel ME

Re: https://firmwaresecurity.com/2017/11/07/tanenbaum-responds-to-intel-about-minix-based-me/

Andrew adds two more footnotes to his reply to Intel:

[…]Many people (including me) don’t like the idea of an all-powerful management engine in there at all (since it is a possible security hole and a dangerous idea in the first place), but that is Intel’s business decision and a separate issue from the code it runs.[…] I certainly hope Intel did thorough security hardening and testing before deploying the chip, since apparently an older version of MINIX was used.[…] 148 more words

Worries over Intel's Management Engine grow after new flaws found

What is the world’s most widely-used operating system on new PCs?


Guess again.

In all probability, it’s the venerable operating system Minix, running on a shadowy subsystem called the Management Engine (ME) that’s built into all recent Intel computers. 490 more words

Security Threats

Remote observing in your own backyard for under £200

So, the weather’s turned and night-time astrophotography has become a challenge to fend off the shivers. Thinking on this I wondered if there was a way that I could image from indoors without building an observatory. 490 more words


(Nearly) All Your Computers Run MINIX

Are you reading this on a machine running a GNU/Linux distribution? A Windows machine? Or perhaps an Apple OS? It doesn’t really matter, because your computer is probably running MINIX anyway… 461 more words

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Tanenbaum responds to Intel about Minix-based ME

Intel ME running Minix is in the news again…

An Open Letter to Intel

[…]I knew that Intel had some potential interest in MINIX 3 several years ago when one of your engineering teams contacted me about some secret internal project and asked a large number of technical questions about MINIX 3, which I was happy to answer. 74 more words

MINIX — The Most Popular OS in the World, Thanks to Intel

You might not know it, but inside your Intel system, you have an operating system running in addition to your main OS, MINIX. And it’s raising eyebrows and concerns. 604 more words