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Utilities for Parsing Intel Microcode

A recent issue on a Linux platform with an Intel CPU prompted me to check to see if there was a microcode patch available from Intel to fix the issue. This blog post provides the source code for some of the Python utilities I wrote to assist me in determining if a microcode update was available for my particular issue or not. Intel distributes microcode updates in the form of a text file consisting of groups of big endian 32-bit integers represented as hexadecimals. As an example, here is a portion of one such file: /* Fri Nov 4 16:09:13

Korn Shell Launcher for Windows Subsystem for Linux

According to Microsoft, the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a new Windows 10 feature that is essentially a compatibility layer which enables you to run native Linux command-line tools and utilities directly on Windows 10, alongside your traditional Windows desktop applications. Currently a beta feature, it is scheduled to be officially released in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update which is due CY2016Q3. There is no support for Linux GUI-based or TUI-based tools, utilities or applications not is any planned. When WSL is enabled, a Canonical-created Ubuntu user-mode image (currently named trusty-server-cloudimg-amd64-root.tar.gz and based on Ubuntu 14.04 Long-Term Support) is