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.