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AMD Lawsuit In the News

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AMD's high profile suit against Intel alleging anticompetitive practices has been dismissed as "part of a media campaign" attacking the world's largest chip manufacturer, and should not affect corporate buying decisions.

"The AMD filing, which is surprisingly readable for a legal document, seems to have been crafted not only as a legal complaint, but as part of a media campaign. AMD has also run full-page ads in major newspapers outlining its position," said Martin Reynolds, vice president and fellow at Gartner Research.

Full Story here.

Shares of Advanced Micro Devices Inc. rose Thursday after the company said its second-quarter profit fell 65 percent but beat Wall Street expectations as the chipmaker reported record microprocessor sales and a drop in flash memory chip revenue.

Shares of AMD, which reported its second-quarter results after financial markets closed Wednesday, rose 38 cents, or 2 percent, to $19.75 in early Thursday trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

(Excerpt from Associated Press)

The wire claims that Intel has told its OEMs they "are now allowed" to buy AMD microprocessors.

Is this true? First it would imply that Intel told its OEMs they weren't allowed to buy AMD microprocessors in the first place, so making the whole antitrust legal cafuffle in the US redundant. And demonstrating a certain gutlessness on behalf of the OEMs.

Secondly, does "being allowed" to buy AMD CPUs mean OEMs are "allowed" to give Intel all of its cooperative marketing funds back?

That story here.

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today's leftovers

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    So, you've got a fine head-mounted display and want to explore the delights of virtual reality. Right now, on Linux, that means getting the window system to cooperate because the window system is the DRM master and holds sole access to all display resources. So, you plug in your device, play with RandR to get it displaying bits from the window system and then carefully configure your VR application to use the whole monitor area and hope that the desktop will actually grant you the boon of page flipping so that you will get reasonable performance and maybe not even experience tearing. Results so far have been mixed, and depend on a lot of pieces working in ways that aren't exactly how they were designed to work.
  • GUADEC accommodation
    At this year’s GUADEC in Manchester we have rooms available for you right at the venue in lovely modern student townhouses. As I write this there are still some available to book along with your registration. In a couple of days we have to a final numbers to the University for how many rooms we want, so it would help us out if all the folk who want a room there could register and book one now if you haven’t already done so! We’ll have some available for later booking but we have to pay up front for them now so we can’t reserve too many.
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  • Linux Action Show to End Eleven Year Run at LFNW
    Jupiter Broadcasting’s long-running podcast, Linux Action Show, will soon be signing off the air…er, fiber cable, for the last time. The show first streamed on June 10, 2006 and was hosted by “Linux Tycoon” Bryan Lunduke and Jupiter Broadcasting founder Chris Fisher. Lunduke left the show in 2012, replaced by Matt Hartley, who served as co-host for about three years. The show is currently hosted by Fisher and Noah Chelliah, president of Altispeed, an open source technology company located in Grand Forks, North Dakota.