Monday, November 15 2010 @ 11:50 CST Contributed by: Linegod
In an effort to expand software compatibility for its upcoming Fusion chips, Advanced Micro Devices on Monday joined rival Intel's efforts to develop the open-source MeeGo OS.
AMD "will provide engineering expertise intended to help establish the technical foundations for next-generation mobile platforms and embedded devices," the company said in a blog post on its website. Joining the development effort could help expand market opportunities for its Fusion chips, the company said.
Saturday, June 12 2010 @ 11:08 CST Contributed by: Linegod
To quiet all the freaking out:
"We have temporarily closed the Labs program of Flash Player 10 for 64-bit Linux, as we are making significant architectural changes to the 64-bit Linux Flash Player and additional security enhancements. We are fully committed to bringing native 64-bit Flash Player for the desktop by providing native support for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux 64-bit platforms in an upcoming major release of Flash Player."
At the end of our ATI Year in Review for 2006, we had stated, "next year will be a very interesting time for ATI/AMD Linux users." Looking back upon that statement, it has certainly turned out to be true, but perhaps an understatement for all of the AMD Linux work that has actually went on this year. The Catalyst Control Center was finally ported to Linux; there is now AIGLX support for use with Compiz, and the most substantial improvement being a brand new code-base for their proprietary Linux driver.
So you just bought and assembled a brand-new AMD64 workstation. The only decision that remains is whether to install a 64-bit Linux distribution, or stick with comfortable, tried-and-true IA-32. If you are seeking an easy answer to that question, I can't help you. Running 64-bit Linux has its pros and cons. Unfortunately, a lot of the cons are out of your hands -- but they're not really Linux's fault, either.
As I mentioned at the end of my last entry I've preparing myself for my first excursion into the world of 64-bit Linux. After trading some lessons for a motherboard I started collecting parts for a new desktop machine for the studio. 64-bit considerations were new to me so I asked for help on the Linux Audio Users mail list. Some LAU members run 64-bit systems, and I did indeed get the information I needed. I won't detail the engaging traffic that resulted from that thread, you can read it yourself in the LAU list archives (it's titled AMD64 question).
Last week we had presented our technical preview of AMD's Socket AM2 Family. Of the topics discussed in our preview was the new socket itself, AMD's AM2 processor selection, supportive Chipsets, and other tid-bits of information. We had also delivered some news about the Linux compatibility/performance, and finally after extensive testing we have our first set of processor tests finished. Several articles designed at looking after the memory performance, overclocking, and other AM2 oriented topics are also underway and we should have these results available in the coming days. The AM2 processors under our microscope today are the AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ and AMD Sempron 3400+. Just how well do these chips compare against the previous Socket 939, and that of Intel's LGA-775 Pentium D competition?
Leveraging AMD's dual-core CPUs and the latest in HyperTransport ASIC technology, Appro goes Xtreme with a new line of servers poised to shakeup high-end datacenters trying to cope with the demands of server consolidation and virtualization.
Mentor Graphics has announced its support for 64bit Linux platforms by declaring full operational qualification for its analogue/mixed-signal toolset.
Mentor's entire line of Eldo and Advance MST analogue and mixed-signal products have been certified for operation on Opteron and EM64 processor architectures using the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 platform. 'Linux on X86-64 hardware is proving to be a great performance platform for our products', said Jue-Hsien Chern, Vice President and General Manager of Mentor's Deep Submicron Division.
It doesn't take a crystal ball to figure out that 64-bit processors are the future. The latest 64-bit offerings from Intel and AMD are compelling and reasonably priced. 64-bit technology may soon dominate the desktop, but is it ready for the laptop market? A quality mobile computer needs to balance performance and power consumption in a way that will maximize user productivity and mobility. Are mobile 64-bit processors up to the task? I decided to review an AMD Athlon 64-bit laptop in order to find out. For this review, I have selected the LinuxCertified LC2464.