tldr; this version contains mitigations for the most recently announced Intel hardware vulnerabilities.
Q: Any ideas on how a Linux company can sell more LTS licenses?
A: Tell the customers they’ll quickly get patches for severe vulnerabilities expected to appear in Intel CPU’s every few months for the next 3-5 years.
Q: Is that in total or one-time?
A: It’s per CPU purchased. The replacement will have another 3-5 years worth of severe vulnerabilities. Tell them to renew for long-term protection.
Don’t forget that the mitigations result in performance losses too, so you’ll need to buy more machines and more CPUs and more licenses.
Oh yeah, someone brought that up on HN. Then, another countered it’s potentially good for cloud vendors since locked-in customers are forced to buy more gear. Yet, Im saying this might be another selling point for bare-metal hosting. Even if virtual performance is enough, it might not be 6-7 mitigations down the line.