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Old 06-21-2020, 10:52 PM   #16
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Thank you bassmadrigal for the needed clarity but actually I'm not promoting the idea of avoiding AMD. It's rare that things are so simple as to be all good or all bad. Mostly stuff is just trade-offs and we do best to choose the trade-offs that sum in the plus column for us, and that varies with both use case and concerns.

Even though as early as 2014 Linus waxed sweetly about nVidia's "coming around" it seems far fewer people are aware of that change in his view (and nVidia's commitment) probably because it seems anti-climactic compared to The Fickle Finger in the older, and viral, video. Some proportion of Linux folks today feel like they are in some small way betraying Linux by choosing nVidia. I just wanted to provide an update and some food for thought regarding just how long nVidia has been supporting non-Windows systems and emphasize that there is no longer some simple, politico-philosophical reason to choose one over the other, and there is one that gives value to supporting those who long have supported all of us.
 
Old 06-22-2020, 01:44 PM   #17
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You stated they lacked experience in supporting alternative OSes. If you mean OSes other than Windows, OSX, or Linux, that may very well be true (I don't use them and haven't looked into how well AMD supports them). AMD (and ATI before that) has been providing Linux support since at least the early to mid-2000s. And within the past 5-10 years, they've put for an amazing amount of effort to get their cards supported with open source software (the kernel, Xorg, and Mesa).
 
Old 06-26-2020, 09:40 PM   #18
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From where I sit I consider the support that AMD graphics systems have provided Linux have been cursory at best until well into the 20Teens. I do agree that in the last 5 years that support has finally gotten serious. AMD has turned ATi from an also ran into a solid contender that even beats the champ in some bouts.
 
  


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