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[News] AMD Takes Open Source Obligations Further, 64-bit Performance Tested

  • Subject: [News] AMD Takes Open Source Obligations Further, 64-bit Performance Tested
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2008 15:08:38 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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AMD Launches Open GPU Website

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| AMD has today launched their new open GPU documentation website for 
| register-level documents covering their ATI Radeon products. In addition, 
| they are now providing an email address for any open-source developers who 
| may have questions concerning these documents.   


AMD Phenom 32-bit vs. 64-bit Performance

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| When it came to Linux gaming and exploring the 32-bit versus 64-bit 
| performance with the AMD Phenom, in most cases Ubuntu x86_64 was slightly 
| slower than the 32-bit version. The only test where the 64-bit OS had a 
| strong advantage was when running Quake 4 SMP at 1680 x 1050 with ultra 
| quality settings and then it was able to shine. As would be expected, in both 
| LAME encoding and Gzip compression tests the 64-bit version of Ubuntu on the 
| AMD Phenom 9500 with an AMD 790FX motherboard was the leader.      



AMD updates Catalyst

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| AMD also promised a raft of tweaks for the Linux version of the driver, 
| though it admitted the code isn't ready yet. Headline additions include 
| support for the latest versions of leading Linux distros, including Ubuntu 
| 7.10 and RedHat Enterprise Linux 5.1.   


AMD 2007 Year In Review

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| AMD does realize that everything isn't perfect and going into 2008, they are 
| working on more features and changes for their Linux driver as well as 
| bringing on additional staff. Need we say that 2008 should be another very 
| ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| interesting year for AMD and Linux?   


Future AMD GPUs To Be More Open-Source Friendly?

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| AMD is on the heels of releasing the next set of GPU programming 
| documentation to aide in the development of the open-source R500/600 drivers 
| (xf86-video-ati and xf86-video-radeonhd). It's already been discussed what 
| this NDA-free documentation release will have, but one of the questions that 
| have repeatedly come up is if/when AMD will release information on 
| accelerated video playback. AMD's John Bridgman has now stated what they plan 
| to release in the video realm as well as a new requirement for their future 
| graphics processors: being open-source friendly while avoiding DRM.       


AMD Releases Additional R600 GPU Programming Documentation

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| In the second NDA-free documentation dump, AMD has just released programming 
| data on the M76 and RS690 graphics processors. While the RadeonHD developers 
| have already had these documents, this information will help the free 
| software community in understanding the internal workings of AMD's graphics 
| processors.    


Could AMD move open desktop Linux market?

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| AMD’s recent move to fully support open source graphics could be the best 
| news desktop Linux has had in a long time. 


Intel and AMD's bitter -- and strange -- rivalry

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| For, in a strange way, Intel, the world's No. 1 chipmaker, seems to need the 
| smaller AMD as a foil on the tech stage, and AMD needs Intel in order to play 
| the role of the little guy battling the big gorilla.  
| Analyst Roger Kay of Endpoint Technologies Inc. said each of the two 
| rivals "is pursuing its own imperatives, and any action it takes can be seen 
| as a straightforward reaction to its capabilities, circumstances and 
| character."   
| But he noted, "Intel would likely face greater antitrust scrutiny if AMD went 
| out of business, and AMD has gotten so used to operating in a climate 
| dominated by Intel that its character has been formed around the obstacle."   


AMD's shares rally despite red-ink results

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| Shares of Advanced Micro Devices Inc. jumped Friday after the chipmaker 
| reported financial results that analysts say showed AMD isn't in as deep a 
| hole as some had feared.  


Gritty AMD's chips are still down

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| Hector Ruiz, AMD CEO, says his company has been at the forefront of 
| innovation in computing technology and accuses Intel of abusing its monopoly 
| in world markets.  
| [...]
| "If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations 
| have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from 
| AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel," he claimed.  
| "So I would say that Intel is trying to catch up with us in that respect."
| Ruiz accuses Intel of trying to use their market share and production 
| capabilities to squeeze AMD out of the market. 
| "Intel continues... to abuse their monopoly and that's why around the world 
| governments and regulatory agencies continue to go after them." 


Intel: doing the dirty on OLPC

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| Intel’s agreement with the OLPC Foundation included a ‘non disparagement’ 
| clause, under which Intel and One Laptop promised not to criticize each 
| other, according to Nicholas Negroponte in the latest article in the Wall 
| Street Journal.   
| Still Intel tactics have violated that repeatedly to kill OLPC efforts in 
| Nigeria, Libya, Pakistan, India, China and Intel is also still trying to pull 
| those tactics in Mexico, Brazil.  
| This is simply disgracefull of Intel, scandalous.
| But Negroponte has signed an agreement saying that he is not allowed to 
| criticize Intel, so he is not allowed to talk about these shameless tactics 
| even though Intel is the one violating the agreement.  
| So only independant voices on the Internet can get those messages of truth 
| out about Intels tactics. 
| In Nigeria, Intel came and donated 3000 laptops to counter OLPC efforts, then 
| sells 17 thousand Classmates to Nigeria at a loss. 
| Then Microsoft corrupted Nigerian officials with 400 thousand dollars to 
| install Windows XP on those instead of Mandriva Linux. 


EU issues antitrust charge sheet against Intel

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| The European Commission issued formal charges against Intel on Thursday for 
| allegedly using illegal tactics against smaller rival Advanced Micro Devices, 
| a European Commission spokesman said.  


Negroponte says Intel should be "ashamed of itself" 

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| He is furious that Intel's CEO Craig Barrett called the One Laptop a
| gadget. The Negroponte initiative is caught in the middle of a vicious 
| fight between AMD and Intel, he said.


AMD chief condemns Intel 'abuses'

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| In 2005, after the Japan Fair Trade Commission found Intel guilty of 
| offering illegal rebates to Japanese PC makers, AMD filed an anti-trust 
| suit against its competitor in the U.S. District Court in Delaware. The 
| case has not been decided.


AMD: Intel Destroyed Evidence in Antitrust Case

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| In an unpublished statement to the U.S. District Court of Delaware,
| AMD alleges Intel allowed the destruction of evidence in pending
| antitrust litigation.


Video: Henri Richard comes out swinging at Intel during AMD press conference

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| [AMD's Henri Richard:] "I am sick and tired of being pushed around
| by a competitor that doesn't respect the rules of fair and open
| competition."


Investors sue Dell on payments from Intel: WSJ

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| An investor lawsuit seeking class-action status accuses Dell Inc. of
| improper accounting in its relationship with chip giant Intel,
| according to a media report published Thursday evening.
| [...]
| The suit alleges that Dell received at times as much as $1 billion
| a year in "secret and likely illegal" kickbacks in the form of
| "e-Cap" or "exception to corporate average pricing" payments"
| from Intel to ensure that Dell used no other chip supplier,
| according to The Journal.


Lenovo got financial help from Intel, claim 

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| Journalists on the title said Lenovo is being paid a "pretty
| penny" from Intel to use its chips.


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| In 2005, a unit of Shenzhen Donjin countersued, saying Intel engaged
| in monopolistic practices.


Intel's anti-trust memos started vanishing from the top

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| Chairman Craig Barrett, CEO Paul Otellini and sales chief Sean Maloney
| have appeared on a list of Intel employees thought to have deleted 
| e-mails possibly relevant to AMD's anti-trust lawsuit against its
| larger rival. The missing e-mails have thrust a livid state of mind
| onto AMD's lawyers who have very serious problems with Intel's
| rather lax document retention policy.
| [...]
| CEO Otellini appears to have been one of these troublesome employees.


U.S. judge orders Intel to try to recover e-mails

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| Farnan gave Intel 30 days to recover as many of the missing e-mails
| as possible and to draw up a report on the steps it is taking to do
| so, Mulloy said.


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