What AMD's ATI acquisition means for Linux (and Macs) (Linux-Watch)
Posted Jul 26, 2006 0:12 UTC (Wed) by ewan
In reply to: What AMD's ATI acquisition means for Linux (and Macs) (Linux-Watch)
Parent article: What AMD's ATI acquisition means for Linux (and Macs) (Linux-Watch)
I think you're neglecting the influence of the resellers - a lot of those
compute clusters need visualisation machines with decent 3D, and the same
companies (HP, IBM, SGI et al) sell both systems together.
A large part of their proposition is support, and they can support neither
the hardware nor the OS if it requires closed drivers. Buy a graphics
workstation with (say) RHEL and you can have your graphics or your
At the moment there's little choice, but with ATI and AMD one and the same
these companies can use their processor spending as leverage to get open
drivers to end the support problems.
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