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Taaza.info: It is Hammer Time... An Interview with Hector Ruiz

Apr 21, 2003, 05:30 (3 Talkback[s])

A few weeks ago, I had a chance to meet with Hector Ruiz, the chief executive officer of Advanced Micro Devices; the perennial also ran of the microprocessor business. It was a wide-ranging discussion that covered topics such as the future of the personal computer, Linux and yes the upcoming Hammer processors. In less than 72 hours the company is going to introduce its new Hammer/Opteron processors, which are likely to revive the flagging fortunes of the company, and I thought it was an opportune time to post this interview. Here are excerpts from that interview...

"OM: AMD has been a big backer of Linux and the open source community has responded favorably. Was this a conscious decision?

"HR: I am a firm believer in the open source philosophy. I think it is a scary thought to some but we move faster by going open source. We are moving in that direction. I believe that the architecture that we have created has a tremendous appeal to the Linux community. Linux runs well on Alchemy and our other chips. AMD is betting the farm on Linux and Windows. With all due respect to others, these are the Operating Systems’ that matter..."

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