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LhD: How Well Do Athlon (K7) Motherboard Work with Linux?

May 31, 2000, 19:11 (5 Talkback[s])


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"In just a matter of months the AMD Athlon has done a lot for computer users: At 20%-40% less (SharkyExtreme Weekly CPU prices) than an equivalent Intel chip, the Athlon has put tremendous price pressure on the Pentium III. It has reignited rivalry between AMD and Intel, sparking the race to 1GHz. Most of all it has brought some serious computing horsepower within the reach of even the most budget constrained buyers."

"Several sources have indicated that these new chipsets might cause problems under Linux. The RedHat 6.2 Hardware Compatibility List points to possible problems with the chipsets and motherboard architecture... SuSE issued a workaround to address installation problems with Athlon equipped systems. ... In a recent PenguinHardware interview of John Tsai, head of ABIT's Gentus Linux distibution team, mentioned "serious" chipset and compatibility issues."

"Despite all this anecdotal evidence and rumors, we have not seen many reports of problems by LhD users. Is this another case of an outdated, static hardware compatibility list? Is ABIT trying to drum up interest in Gentus? Or are Linux users actually experiencing problems with the Athlon motherboards?"

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