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CRN: Will Resellers Ride AMD products into Intel's server Territory?

Feb 15, 2000, 16:07 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marcia Savage)

"Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., will push its name and platform compatibility as it weighs in with more high-performance chips for the server market this year. ... So what must AMD do to succeed against such staunch competition? VARs said stronger marketing, a proven track record and more support for Linux would go a long way."

"AMD also would do well to forge an alliance with Linux providers, said Paktronix's [president Matthew] Marsh, adding that Linux runs better on AMD's processors than on Intel's. 'There doesn't seem to be much support from AMD for Linux yet,' Marsh said. 'They may be shooting themselves in the foot. That's a pity, because a lot of Linux people like AMD.'

But an alliance with Linux would make more sense when AMD offers multiprocessing support, said Sam Ockman, president of San Francisco-based Penguin Computing, which builds branded Linux systems. 'AMD works great under Linux,' said Ockman. 'But in the Linux market, everyone's interested in more than one processor.' "

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