That’s right. After 5 years of buying AMD products, I’m going intel. Most people would shudder right now. Especially those who are in the same business as I am. Why would I make such a choice.
First off, Intel’s core2 processors are better than anything that AMD has at the moment. The benchmarks are scattered throughout the internet and all of them say the same thing. No, I don’t need 4 cores. The extra power for another 2 cores to sit there isn’t worth it to me right now. I don’t feel like waiting another year to get them either.
Secondly, and more importantly to me, Intel is much more friendly to open source fans. I have had little luck as of late with getting AMD-ATI products running correctly on my Linux boxes. Intel, on the other hand, makes all sorts of components that work great with Linux. Intel’s wireless cards offer some of the best drivers available. Intel did the same thing with their video cards as well. They have been playing great with the open source community. I feel the need to thank them with my wallet, and I will.
I’ve already purchased 3 wireless cards from Intel. It looks like my next mobo and CPU will be from them as well. If they continue on the route they are going, I will continue to go along with them.
Let this be a lesson to other hardware vendors. Make a good product, open your drivers, and they will attract the hard-core people that make the tech trends. Thanks to Intel, I have the choice to run the operating system that I am most productive in without having to worry about binary blob system issues.