Why this is I am not totally sure:
- Maybe it's all those K6 and 1st generation Athlons I saw in the budget desktops that were donated to me years ago. They were such solid performers.
- Maybe I like to cheer for the underdog, keep Intel honest.
- Maybe because ATI used to be a Canadian company before AMD took them over.
- Maybe because AMD at least tries to play nice with the Linux community on video.
- Maybe because AMD accomplished something really innovative in putting the GPU and CPU together.
- Maybe because I like hitting my head with a brick and feeling good when I stop.
My AMD journey began back when I had a clone built in Ottawa for Linux only. Bruno was building a beast of a system then with a core quad Q6600 - but I couldn't afford that. So I settled for an Athlon 64 X2 and a new AMD 690G chipset. Bruno's unit blew me away on bench tests but I was pretty happy with the way my unit ran. Its CPU was an AMD classic and it still chugs along today - a great ASUS motherboard helps.
Of course i soon ran into the AMD rabbit hole - they dropped support for my video and i was forced to use the FOSS driver - which in 2010 was pretty crappy. No problem. In went a GeForce card and sanity returned.
A few years later I decided to try my luck at building my own Linux machine and so went with - guess who? A Gigabyte FM2 mobo and an AMD A8 APU with built in video. By now the FOSS AMD Radeon driver was really nice so I never implemented the Catalyst proprietary driver at all. I suppose these were my AMD golden years, and everything worked until I decided to upgrade my AMD video with a low cost R7 360 card. What could go wrong?
Well a lot as you may recall. My card was too new for the FOSS driver to be supported in old kernels. And AMD was developing a new driver for new kernels that didn't work for my card. I had a world of video hurt until I discovered that if I stuck with old Linux releases and went back to the proprietary driver I could at least get a video screen. Shades of 2008 but it worked.
Well things are sorta fixed now. The latest kernels in Ubuntu 16.10 and Linux Mint 18.1 support the older FOSS radeon driver - the bleeding edge amdgpu driver is still on the horizon for anything but the latest AMD cards (and I sure don't want to go there.) It'll probably take another year to get everything sorted out but for now I can use a true FOSS driver that works great.
AMD fanboy - trailing edge Linux user - still banging my head against the wall. Oy...
Edited by raymac46, 22 February 2017 - 04:21 PM.