Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th May 2009 08:46 UTC
Intel Microsoft isn't the only company in the technology industry with a monopoly. Its partner in crime, Intel, has often been accused of monopoly abuse as well, and is currently under scrutiny by the same European Commission who fined Microsoft. Sources have told eWeek (which generally has a good track record) that Intel will indeed be found guilty this week of abusing its monopoly position to stifle the competition.
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RE[2]: Comment by flanque
by 0brad0 on Tue 12th May 2009 06:15 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by flanque"
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Every AMD laptop so far out that I have seen ships with Broadcom wireless devices; I'd love to use an AMD based laptop but due to aligning with opensource hating companies like Broadcom, I am forced to go with Intel. Nothing has ever stopped AMD from stating that the only partners as part of their laptop platform are those who support the opensource community through the provision of hardware specifications.

The OEM vendors are who decides what hardware is being used. This is not AMD's fault, but Intel very stronly encourages vendors putting their crap Wifi chipsets in systems with its piss poor and non free firmware. Restricting what hw can be used is the dumbest thing that could be done. If you have a problem with this situation take it up with the OEM vendor.

So please, tell me, why should I go with AMD when AMD are their own worst enemy? Lets also remember the length of time that it took for them to finally open up the specifications to ATI graphics cards (even now the documentation isn't complete). Again, AMD is its own worst enemy - and ultimately they have no one else to blame apart from themselves.

Show me complete documentation from Intel for their GPUs or any documentation or freely redistributable firmware for their Wifi chipsets.. oh wait, it doesn't exist. There are a few other pieces of hardware that Intel also does not release documentation for. Plus their GPUs are garbage and the open source drivers are crap. Intel is their own worst enemy. I refuse to buy Intel garbage. Intel is FAR from being "open source friendly". The situation with them is a farce.

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