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From the article:

"On some chipsets, the firmware running on the ME implements a system called Intel's Active Management Technology (AMT). This is entirely transparent to the operating system, which means that this extra computer can do its job regardless of which operating system is installed and running on the main CPU."

So it sounds like yes, this would effect any OS.

I think they are asking if Apple ordered chips without this ME, give the former's penchant for security. I wonder similarly.

I'm pretty sure that, for the last few generations of Intel CPUs, the ME is not optional on any (non-Atom) model.

https://www.reddit.com/r/linux/comments/3anjgm/on_the_librem... https://puri.sm/posts/petition-for-intel-to-release-an-me-le...

> All recent Intel systems (made in the last 8 or 9 years) has this. The ME will never be freed

Ah, fair enough. That is a good question.

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