I doubt those guys have the skill to do so but for
those who do - you'd
spend tens of thousands in order to have a port for an old machine that
still is stuck with ME and hardware init done entirely by binary blobs.
It is not about the skill or money involved in the process, it is about the
*possibility* of even running coreboot on said machine, which is most
I would save your money and instead buy an
ivy/sandybridge thinkpad (can
nerf the ME - but not disable which is impossible)
AFAIK, you can still run me_cleaner on a Broadwell laptop. I don't think the
ME is the main reason to get a XX20/XX30 Thinkpad over newer models.
microcode - is optional
I assume you refer to microcode *updates*, not the microcode that is
hard-coded inside the CPU. Still, I fail to understand why there is so much
worry about microcode updates, as if they were going to open a backdoor
of some sorts. To me, the only gain of not updating the microcode is in the
number of bugs.
I do understand temporarily delaying the updates of known unstable
microcode versions while awaiting for a fix, though.
as far as I know its impossible to completely replace
ME, only to trim
its' firmware as much as possible and hope for the best that it
doesn't have some undocumented "backdoor restore" mechanism that could
restore the original uncut blob under some conditions. Undoubtedly,
Intel ME is a backdoor, e.g. because it contains some antitheft
features which could be used to control your computer remotely: shut
it down, wipe or retrieve data from it, etc
This makes me feel I should recall what Nico told you earlier:
"please don't spread FUD on this list."