Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 14th Sep 2012 22:30 UTC
Intel You'd think this sort of stuff belonged to the past - but no. Apparently, Microsoft is afraid of Android on its Windows 8 tablets, because Intel has just announced that it will provide no support for Linux on its clover Trail processors. Supposedly, this chip is "designed for Windows 8". What?
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AMD is doing the same
by moondevil on Sat 15th Sep 2012 07:35 UTC
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RE: AMD is doing the same
by Mellin on Sat 15th Sep 2012 08:24 in reply to "AMD is doing the same"
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"However unlike Intel, AMD said there is nothing stopping people from running Linux on its Hondo processor."

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RE[2]: AMD is doing the same
by moondevil on Sat 15th Sep 2012 08:55 in reply to "RE: AMD is doing the same"
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Regardless of what Intel says, no one will point a gun to anyone trying to run Linux on their processors, so I fail to see how this is any different.

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RE: AMD is doing the same
by chithanh on Sat 15th Sep 2012 20:10 in reply to "AMD is doing the same"
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AMD is not doing the same, there are working open source drivers for the Brazos chipsets, with 2D, 3D and VDPAU video decode acceleration through Gallium3D (currently MPEG2 only). AMD won't market Hondo for Linux, that is all.

Intel on the other hand refuses to provide any Linux source code or programming documentation regarding acceleration on their PowerVR based Atoms. Now with Clover Trail it seems they won't even produce proprietary drivers. Not that their psb and emgd drivers generated much enthusiasm anyway.

Edited 2012-09-15 20:12 UTC

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RE[2]: AMD is doing the same
by Morgan on Sun 16th Sep 2012 22:47 in reply to "RE: AMD is doing the same"
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You know what? I'm going to design and build a processor that won't run Linux, BSD, Haiku or OSX because f*ck all of you, I just want it to run my precioussss Windows 8. I won't provide any Linux or other source, documentation or even spoilers for next week's episode of The Vampire Diaries.

Guess what will happen? NO ONE will give a shit. Who does this guy think he is anyway, right?

Okay, now replace me with Intel. You end up with the same result: It's really not that big a deal, because in the tablet space Intel already has zero presence. So what if one chip maker is being retarded, there are half a dozen other chip makers between AMD and VIA on the x86 side, and the various others on the ARM side.

To put it another way, why aren't we up in arms because Broadcom is refusing to release specs and open source drivers for the chip on the Raspberry Pi? Granted, that's a much smaller market, but come on! We're geeks, we should be all over that shit. Broadcom should have issued an apology and posted full source code along with directions to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow by now, due to our incessant cries of foul play!

Really folks, this is only an issue because some of us have a need to be butt-hurt on a daily basis so we can blame it on "the man". Yeah, Intel are a bunch of dicks for this, but in the end it will only hurt them.

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