“Meanwhile, freedom is threatened even at the level of the processors in PCs. The current generation of Intel and AMD processor chips are designed with vicious back doors that users cannot shut off. (In Intel processors, it’s the “management engine”.)
No users should trust those processors.
With funds, the FSF could campaign to pressure those companies to give us a way to shut those back doors off.”
See A message from RMS: Support the Free Software FoundationRMS and the Free Software Foundation have given so much to the world: codification of the concept of Free Software, promotion of Free Software, the GNU project, great software licences, and much more. Personally RMS has travelled the world promoting Free Software to all who would listen from students, the media, governments and he’s had great results in Europe, India and South America. Freedom is not just for USAians or other privileged classes. It’s for everyone.
Lately, I’ve been on my personal campaign to replace our IT with newer and better stuff and in particular replacing AMD, and Intel processors with ARM. My principal motivation was cost, efficiency and freedom from monopoly but RMS has given me another motivation, confidence in the hardware itself. Even ARMed chips may have “backdoors”. The ultimate Free Software will have to run on chips made by the world for the world and not greedy corporations or power-hungry governments. I have one more thing for which to live a few more years just to see the world become a better place.