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The microcode data file contains the latest microcode definitions for all Intel processors. Intel 
releases microcode updates to correct processor behavior as documented in the respective processor 
specification updates. While the regular approach to getting this microcode update is via a BIOS 
upgrade, Intel realizes that this can be an administrative hassle. The Linux Operating System and 
VMware ESX products have a mechanism to update the microcode after booting. For example, this file 
will be used by the operating system mechanism if the file is placed in the /etc/firmware directory 
of the Linux system.


What is FSF official opinion on this type of firmware?