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Re: Intel vs AMD support of linux developers.

On Sun, Oct 21, 2007 at 11:03:08PM +0200, Ernest jw ter Kuile wrote:
> On Friday 05 October 2007, Karl Schmidt wrote:
> > I've been using AMD processors on my last few systems, but I talked to a friend of mine that 
> > does hardware work. His take is that Intel is more open about the hardware specifications 
> > than most anyone in the business including AMD and thus supports Linux developers better.
> > 
> > If this is true, I might go back to using Intel on Tyan MBs
>  Actually both have a good track in supporting Linux. If you want some examples look
> at the news not too long ago: after AMD took over ATI graphic cards AMD promised and 
> delivered the specs of the ATI graphical chips (ATI did not really help Open Source at all 
> before they were part of AMD). Before that AMD told that they estimated that Opteron 
> would never have sold as much as it did by a very large margin without Linux, which 
> was why they could so easily see the benefit of supporting it.

I heard that AMD had Linux running on the AMD64 before they had even 
built the first chip.  They used it on a simulator to debug the specs 
for the supervisor-state instructions.

-- hendrik

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