Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Jun 2008 21:51 UTC, submitted by irbis
AMD AMD has seen a few serious setbacks lately, especially with their Barcelona server processor, but it seems as if the company is trying hard to get things back on track. The first step in solving an issue is acknowledging it exists in the first place, and AMD CEO Hector Ruiz did just that last December. "We blew it and we're very humbled by it and we learned from it and we're not going to do it again." Reseller Advocate Magazine asks, are you ready to believe him?
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Dead horse flogged...
by kaiwai on Tue 17th Jun 2008 07:13 UTC
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I know like I'm beating a dead horse, but for me (the reason I don't go for any laptop or desktop with AMD in it), the nail in the coffin is this:

1) Crap wireless; why did AMD team up with broadcom of all companies? their wireless chipsets are monumentally crap; their hatred of opensource is renound by the fact that they refuse to work with the community.

Their products are poor quality - showing their unreliability in both PC's and MacBooks that use them (the recent wireless problems with MacBooks were not present when MacBook used Atheros). They should have gone Atheros, and made a complete integrated platform like how Intel have with Centrino. The only disappointment I have is that Intel didn't move the Centrino idea into the desktop world.

2) It took far too long, after they purchased ATI, to work out the issues with alternative operating systems. Couple that with problematic drivers - I stay clear of their products. yes, they're working towards improving their relationships with 'geekdom' - but they lost their respect the moment they started to stuff around. Set a course, and damn well implement it - screw the inside politics; if people within the company get in the way, fire them.

Edited 2008-06-17 07:16 UTC

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