It's literally IMPOSSIBLE to find cheap botnet-free hardware. Believe me, I have tried. Blog incoming.
No its not
>>71847781By "botnet-free" I mean some hardware that has no Intel ME backdoor, is not vulnerable to hardware-level vulnerabilities (aka spectre, meltdown, spoiler, etc.) and can be run with 100% free software. This is what I have tried...
>>71847806I don't think you need me to explain why a librebooted MemePad is not a viable option in 2019.Yes, you can use this machines to run 100% free software on them, but they use Shintel CPUs. This means they have as much security holes as a cheddar cheese. They are not a good option. At all.
>>71847831An old PowerPC machine is, at first, a good option. They have no backdoors, and pre-G3 processors are immune to Spectre.The plan falls apart when you try to run modern software on them. It's impossible. You will not be able to run Linux or BSD on them without lots of issues. You will not have hardware acceleration, and even scrolling a pdf will be slow as fuck with them.In order to be able to use them for anything more than a tty, you need to install Mac OS Tiger (a ten-year-old OS) or a recent Linux version with a two-year-old version of X.org. This means hundreds, if not thousands, of vulnerabilities open to an attacker.
>>71847882The only good option I can see right now is one of those fancy new PowerPC Talos machines. But just the motherboard of one of them is $1000+ dollars, and as far as I know they are not free from the architectural Spectre fuckery.
>>71847899Librem 5 phone? Wasn't it immune to spectre
The real answer is to stop (using) technologyBut you still don't see it
>>71847806>>71847831>>71847882>>71847899>>71848207Cavium ThunderX servers are immune. Not ThunderX2 though.I think I read something about the Librem 5 being as you describe, but I forget where.You can always wait for the eventual RISC-V boom. That should be pretty safe.
>>71848301More ideas off the top of my head.System76 is working on legit ARM laptops. No idea whether their chosen chips will be resilient, but it’s worth keeping an eye on.https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=System76-Wants-High-End-ARM
>>71847781cheapest androif phones dont have google store is botless
>>71847781My Talos(tm) II Secure Workstation from Raptor Computing Systems doesn't have this problem.
>>71848363There’s also Lemote. You might recall them as being the chinks behind Stallman’s old MIPS netbook. That particular device is even lower spec than the old macs, but it was the first ever “libre” laptop for historical purposes Well they still exist, and they are apparently selling motherboards with Loongson processors now that netbooks went out of style. The clockspeeds are underwhelming, but one of their blog posts when yandex translated says their stuff is on-par with sandybridge/Ivybridge Intel.http://www.lemote.com/
>>71847781>botnet-free hardwarepi hole
My boss doesn't own a cell phone. Not even a dumb 2G Nokia. However, he uses a Mac, Chrome, Slack, and Gmail.And here I have a Pixel 3 (non-XL).
>>71848233BASED NEOLUDDITE GANGGGG
>>71847831Cheddar cheese doesn't have holes:^)