I know these boards are legacy, but does it really cost them that much to host the files for occasional downloaders?
One would have thought they'd tread carefully after so many recent PR hits, but I guess not.
(Not that I think there's anything wrong with using alternate channels for media which is legitimately unavailable by any other means.)
The survivor is a D945GCLF2 (Mini-ITX Atom board) that runs my Asterisk installation. Even it's a bit wonky, though; kernels newer than 2.6 have a weird ACPI issue that crops up when the CPU temperature is above 71 C (which normally only happens when I'm compiling a new version of Asterisk). No BIOS or kernel fix is forthcoming.
If it wasn't for the expensive-to-replace PCI telephony card, I'd chuck it for an AMD-based Mini-ITX.
(although apparently not in mini-ITX, but there are still a few Atom boards with ITX and PCI non-E available)
As far as I'm concerned, it doesn't matter if the hardware is 15, 30, or 70 years old. These are not large files. Keeping up some old downloads should not be too much to ask of Intel.
If Intel would like to release all copyright claims to their old BIOS's and officially (!) designate the Internet Archive or a similar organization as their new caretaker, I'd be fine with that, because I'd know where to go if I ever needed an old BIOS. What I do not want is to have start hunting down links from malware-infested file-hosting sites.
I know many people on HN work in web technologies where last year's technology is already obsolete but I've worked in small hardware companies that still used industrial equipment controlled using a serial keyboard with a DIN connector and a monochrome CRT. I've seen people order parts for 20+yo industrial soldering ovens.
You can't really tell somebody with a highly expensive, perfectly functioning industrial machine that they have to buy a new one because you can't find the driver for the motherboard of the controller.
Especially if the machine can be isolated from the internet (like a printer controller).
Just peek into the electrical closet in any building you're in. They don't tear out all the electrics and reinstall the latest version every 15 years.
And my PhD lab was using mass-spectrometers that still required vacuum tubes.
Sometimes you've got to have a Bozo when a competitor or associated business has one or more Bozos in a decision-making position.
Just to be seen as competitive or up-to-date.
Apple and especially Microsoft made more money from anti-recycling after they pushed it into a position where the original superior engineering was not as lucratrive for the shareholders.
Users should be grateful since they were not squeezed more thoroughly even sooner.
The anti-user effect is just collateral damage.
Sandy Bridge is not the newest microarchitecture generation of the processors Intel made motherboards for. That's Haswell series (Q87, B85 chipset branding went with this), launched in June of 2013. Boards like DQ87PG, DH87RL, DB85FL. These also have the same notice of end of bios availability.