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    Phoronix: AMD Closes The Operating System Research Center

    AMD has indeed shutdown its Dresden-based Operating System Research Center (OSRC) in the latest round of cost-cutting efforts...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTIyMzI

  • #2
    Terrible CPUs + no optimizations = bankrupt
    ## VGA ##
    AMD: X1950XTX, HD3870, HD5870
    Intel: GMA45, HD3000 (Core i5 2500K)

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    • #3
      Sad news indeed and bad days for us consumers where like in early Pentium days, no progress, mediocre CPUs with no competition and sold at an exorbitant price thanks to MONOPOLY.

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      • #4
        I don't think AMD abandons direct Linux support for their CPUs.
        "Maybe" they concentrate those efforts somewhere else.

        BUT: The AMD PR department is obviously lousy (at best)!

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        • #5
          I follow Xen-devel mailing list and it was often the place for patches submitted by AMD engineers. In terms of providing support for common place graphics card passthrough and IOMMU AMD was doing a great job.

          It's a pity for the community and for all the engineers involved. I'm sure they'll land a job fast but still it sucks.

          My thanks for their work on Xen.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by entropy View Post
            "Maybe" they concentrate those efforts somewhere else.
            Yeah, I think they are turning to ARM based server CPUs now while at the same time ditching Linux support, which just proves the company won't be around for too long unfortunately. What happened to the AMD that gave us the almighty Athlon?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by devius View Post
              What happened to the AMD that gave us the almighty Athlon?
              They suffer to many years under the market abuse which are done by intel

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              • #8
                Originally posted by darkbasic View Post
                Terrible CPUs + no optimizations = bankrupt
                Terrible? I don't think so. They may not be as fast as the latest Intel CPUs for gaming and other workloads, but they're still very fast CPUs and a decent buy for the money.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by darkbasic View Post
                  Terrible CPUs + no optimizations = bankrupt
                  WTF are you talking about?
                  AMD performance/$ is WAY better than Intel.
                  And what 'optimizations' are you referring to? You mean the ones like Intel does to their compiler to sabotage the performance of AMD processors?
                  http://techreport.com/discussions/8547 -- verified independently, disabling the "if (intel) run_fast_path(); else run_slow_path();" check yielded a 10% improvement in AMD processor performance.

                  AMD makes every bit as good of a processor.
                  AMD slaughters intel on a per $ basis.
                  AMD doesn't use cheap compiler trickery to damage the results of their competitors.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by droidhacker View Post
                    WTF are you talking about?
                    Just guessing, but I think he means the same as me - with their linux cpu support guys kicked out, support for future AMD cpus will get worse.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by curaga View Post
                      Just guessing, but I think he means the same as me - with their linux cpu support guys kicked out, support for future AMD cpus will get worse.
                      They just reduced the number of devs. Probably a department that doesn't handle really core stuff.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by 89c51 View Post
                        They just reduced the number of devs. Probably a department that doesn't handle really core stuff.
                        Even then - where's the PR department to clear things up? What's their strategy, etc...
                        And if they think they don't need to, something is really wrong at AMD.

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                        • #13
                          Borislav Petkov had many AMD related kernel patches accepted, and now he is laid off.

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                          • #14
                            Maybe they closed a research center in Germany, to have everything closer to home in the USA/Canada?

                            Just saying ...

                            You really think AMD will cut one of their source, albeit small, from the linux users? Server running linux count very much here too! Why would they stop linux support when they just said they'd fully support coreboot. Granted that's not linux but still.

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                            • #15
                              Really hope AMD pulls through with it's core business intact, certainly can't blame them for shutting down things like this which is a luxury in the state they seem to be in. Losing AMD would mean Intel losing any direct competition on the x86 architecture which of course results in prices going up and as history shows, technological stagnation.

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