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    What about AMD & GNU/Linux?


    Hello everybody I want to buy a new notebook but I would like to buy it with AMD hardware (CPU and Video Card). I really don't like Intel's monopolistic approach so I would preferred to buy an AMD-powered notebook.

    Is AMD good for running with Gnu/Linux?

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    AMD is a fine choice for your laptop.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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    Thank you. Just one question, do you know why all the notebook vendors that provide native-Linux notebooks use Intel? E.g. System76, Purism, ...

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    I honestly don't know. The company I get my Linux systems from, ZaReason, used to have an AMD laptop, but now all are Intel systems. They do have a desk-side workstation that supports and ships with AMD chips.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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    Tank you, I'll take a look at that vendor

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    Hi.

    I have an AMD box from ZaReason, a workstation:
    Code:
    $ inxi -c0 -F
    System:    Host: leap Kernel: 3.16.0-4-amd64 x86_64 (64 bit)
               Desktop: KDE Plasma 4.14.2 Distro: Debian GNU/Linux 8 (jessie)
    Machine:   System: innotek (portable) product: VirtualBox v: 1.2
               Mobo: Oracle model: VirtualBox v: 1.2
               Bios: innotek v: VirtualBox date: 12/01/2006
    CPU:       Quad core AMD FX-6350 Six-Core (-MCP-) cache: 8192 KB 
               clock speeds: max: 3900 MHz 1: 3900 MHz 2: 3900 MHz 3: 3900 MHz
               4: 3900 MHz
    ( ... )
    I decided on this because:
    1. it's powerful enough for my intended use,
    2. the corresponding Intel CPU was not yet supported by Debian
    3. the performance/price was significantly higher than Intel

    For the latter, see https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php...-6350+Six-Core

    This hardware/software combination is very stable, reliable. The longest I allowed it to be running was:
    Code:
    up 135 days  36 users: Debian 8.7 (jessie)
    although if I were to be be better with applying updates, that probably would be fewer number of days. It has frozen once since I have had it (for unknown reasons). It generally is on-powered 24/7.

    This configuration is discussed in more detail at http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/har...rkstation.html , including use of LVM and as a virtual machine.

    I have 4 cores assigned to this guest VM, allowing 2 for the host.

    Good luck ... cheers, drl
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    Thanks for telling your experience I'll get some kind of A-series APU because I really don't need so much computational power

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    Besides my first Linux box back in '95 I've been exclusively an AMD person on laptop and desktop. CPU wise you'll almost never run into issues because you never do anything extremely chip specific. As for video cards the open source drivers do a pretty good job. I would recommend doing research on the video card in the laptop to see if there are any oddities to using it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jecxjo View Post
    Besides my first Linux box back in '95 I've been exclusively an AMD person on laptop and desktop. CPU wise you'll almost never run into issues because you never do anything extremely chip specific. As for video cards the open source drivers do a pretty good job. I would recommend doing research on the video card in the laptop to see if there are any oddities to using it.

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    I heard about the new open source drivers, is there a list of supported AMD graphic cards? I don't want to risk to buy a "old" unsupported GPU

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    If you're buying a "new" laptop chances are you'll not have an "old" GPU.

    There are two (three if you include the closed source drivers from AMD) options youll have: radeon drivers for pre-GCN 1.2 hardware and amdgpu for GCN 1.2 hardware. The radeon drivers cover pretty much everything the old closed source drivers covered. For newer stuff you have open and closed source options.

    Here is a good starting list from Gentoo. Since its a mix between kernel drivers and Xorg drivers, this issue is distro agnostic.

    So I cant post urls so check out this xorg wiki entry: /wiki/RadeonFeature/

    And gentoo wiki entries:

    /wiki/Radeon
    /wiki/AMDGPU

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