Hi. I would like to build a Linux system as a dev box/ media server/ additional backup computer but the recent revelations about Intel are concerning and I don't want to support them at this time. Are AMD processors believed to have the same issues? I've seen some conflicting opinions. Are there any other processors that can run a modern Linux that are free from government backdoors? Can they run a modern linux and its software packages? Not interested in anything but potentially light casual gaming hypothetically for this box, so raw power isn't a concern, but I might want to run Blender or some other graphics software at some time.
Any recommendation for a Linux version to try? (I've used Ubuntu before, but I'd probably like to try something new) or any other hardware/software considerations for the sake of privacy?
Not looking for a powerhouse system at the moment: I'd prioritize security and a small physical footprint as the design goals.
Any advice on parts/software or other thoughts are appreciated. Thanks.