On my Ubuntu laptop, I recently discovered that my system is missing some microcode-firmware-thingy. I’m honestly not sure know what this means, hence my usage of the word “thingy”. All I know is that the system is unable to use a device called “Unknown: Unknown”. The driver is “processor microcode firmware for Intel CPUs from intel-microcode (proprietary)”. Would I get any real benefit from installing this microcode-firmware-thingy? Could there be any significant drawbacks?
For the record, this computer works fine as it is, so unless the benefits are reasonably-significant, I probably wouldn’t be too interested in installing the microcode-firmware-thingy. Also, I can install it with just a few clicks, so I don’t need anyone telling me where to get the microcode-firmware-thingy.
I’m running Ubuntu 16.04.2 x64 on an Intel Core i5 M520 processor, if that makes any difference.