Please revert LP:#1738259 (linux-image dependency on microcode)

Bug #1784797 reported by Explorer09 on 2018-08-01
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Bug Description

Please revert LP: #1738259 (linux-image dependency on microcode).

For Ubuntu 14.04, after the 3.13.0-148 update on the linux-image-generic package, intel-microcode AND amd64-microcode have become a hard dependency on almost every Ubuntu installation. I know this was done for security's sake, but I (as a user) am not impressed with the change - at least the _way_ the change is pushed is too hard.

Specifically, there are two problems with the push:

1. It forces user to install one unnecessary package for microcode that do not apply for their CPU architecture (intel-microcode for an AMD CPU or amd64-microcode for an Intel's).

2. For licensing reasons, intel-microcode and amd64-microcode shouldn't be pushed to main from restricted, and I bet some free software purists would refrain from installing any microcode update package at all. (They would value freedom more than security.)

A better approach would be to let linux-image-generic just "Recommend" the microcode packages rather than Depend on them. Please revert the hard dependency.

Explorer09 (explorer09) on 2018-08-01
description: updated
affects: linux-meta (Ubuntu) → linux (Ubuntu)

This bug is missing log files that will aid in diagnosing the problem. While running an Ubuntu kernel (not a mainline or third-party kernel) please enter the following command in a terminal window:

apport-collect 1784797

and then change the status of the bug to 'Confirmed'.

If, due to the nature of the issue you have encountered, you are unable to run this command, please add a comment stating that fact and change the bug status to 'Confirmed'.

This change has been made by an automated script, maintained by the Ubuntu Kernel Team.

Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
tags: added: kernel-da-key
Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Medium
Changed in linux (Ubuntu Trusty):
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Medium
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