This doesn't have anything to do with Alan Cox, but I have always wondered what Intel's motivation is to support open-source software, and Linux in particular. Can anyone fill me in?
I don't see how Intel benefits if Linux takes market share from Windows; the hardware is the same. Linux taking market share from Unix probably doesn't do much for Intel either; I expect that if it wasn't Linux in those cases it would be Windows.
Does Intel need to make sure that Linux runs well on its hardware? It would seem to be in the interest of anyone attempting to promote Linux to make sure that it runs well on Intel hardware; in other words, I imagine that it would happen whether or not Intel got involved.
Along with all that, Linux is one way of breathing new life into old hardware, which would seem to be the opposite of what Intel would want.