> This is BS and you know it. The patch was already there, it would be maintained by Canonical, it costed nothing and would continue to cost nothing for the foreseable future.
Not BS in the least. I'm sorry if you don't understand sw engineering and QA (or possibly not even looked at the patch), but the patch is adding additional code paths which can only be compiled and tested in a ubuntu environment, thereby incurring additional ongoing maintenance cost.
Sure, just leaving the patch in and letting those codepaths bitrot with no compile testing or runtime testing might not cost anything. But it gains nothing either. And having the patch merged implies it is intel's problem to deal with when the code breaks.