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Re: [News] Intel Deeper in Antitrust Mud While AMD Buddies up with Open Source and Linux

____/ Mark Kent on Thursday 06 September 2007 16:54 : \____

> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> ____/ Mark Kent on Thursday 06 September 2007 14:14 : \____
>>> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>>> <snip>
>>>> AMD to lose another sales executive
>>>> Meanwhile, however, AMD promises to open up components and it improved
>>>> performance tremendously.
>>>> AMD Delivers Significant Graphics Performance and Compatibility
>>>> Enhancements for Consumer Linux Users
>>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>>>| Moving forward, AMD also plans to accelerate efforts to address the needs
>>>>| of the open source community as well.
>>>>| "As client computing on Linux continues to grow so has our support and
>>>>| focus on delivering best-in-class performance and compatibility for our
>>>>| products," said Ben Bar-Haim, vice president of software, Graphics
>>>>| Product Group at AMD.
>>>> `----
>>>> http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/070905/20070904006432.html?.v=1
>>> It's funny this, because if there'd been an open-source ATI driver
>>> around for the last few years, I'd've always bought ATI cards.  Most of
>>> the processors here are AMD or PPC, except where they're ARM or MIPS...
>>> I've a couple of Intel, too, but they were always more expensive for
>>> similar performance when I was buying.
>> Dell uses ATI for the Linux PCs. They'll get the drivers they requested.
>> This is great news indeed.
> As I've always considered, once large OEMs are after such things, they
> will appear with alacrity.  I suspect that Microsoft's threats have done
> much to prevent the appearance of OSS drivers, but the appallingly poor
> sales of Vista seem to have eliminated much of the fear-factor now.
> What more is there to lose anyway?  Might as well get on the next
> bandwagon, too.

Just posted the latest (it's allowed because AMD unleashed the press release,
so no embargo). It's open source heaven (gradual though) and I suspect that
others will follow suit, not just in the GPUs market.

> I think we'll see a mass exodus of freed vendors soon - those who realise
> that /their/ tipping point has arrived, where sales into the new market
> are becomming significant, and those into the old market are falling
> ever faster.
> The key really is getting floss drivers;  binary blobs don't really cut
> the mustard.

Not anymore. Your recent argument about binary drivers has just changed
completely. Intel and AMD are both supporting what the market demands.

                ~~ Best of wishes

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