Some foss tips:
Don't buy Intel, don't buy Nvidia.
Buy AMD ;)
@fatboy AMD needs to open source AMD Secure Technology before it can claim best CPUs for FOSS. At least Intel's Management Engine has been somewhat mitigated.
@fatboy funny, I always hear that tip. Yet, the first time I tried Linux I had two very similar laptops one with an Intel Chipset, the other AMD. The Intel one performed 100% regarding drivers and hardware compatibility, while I to this day can't use the AMD one without doing some manual tweaking, even with a modern distro.
Of course, that might be because of other hardware issues unrelated to the chipset. Perhaps I should build my own rig one day
@fatboy I'm fairly sure Intel is #1 corporate contributor to Linux kernel. I bought an Intel laptop WiFi card years ago and it has been absolutely rock solid in both linux and windows, has never needed any driver fiddling at all. Intel integrated graphics have been well supported in Linux for years and years also.
I understand that they use some shady anti-competition tactics and have become stagnate. What are the reasons you recommend avoiding them?
@fatboy @msavoritias Mmmmm.. I don't think it's accurate to say Intel doesn't regard security. Speculative execution and similar techniques are really important for improving CPU performance and they are really hard problems. I haven't followed closely, maybe there is some intentional negligence on their part that I missed?
All that said, I'm no intel fanboy - I would buy AMD CPU just to support competition, and their GFX card with linux is a no-brained.
For me there are three problems:
First they knew about the security issues.
Second some of the flaws are present in the cpus of the last 15 years. While amd or arm didn't have these issues. I don't think Intel engineers are that incompetent that that couldn't found one security flaw to fix.
Third its not only the speculation.
There are dozens of flaws. This is just one list of all of them.
@fatboy I'm half way there, AMD cpu but Nvidia gfx, still less compatibility issues when dealing with GPU acceleration in my experience.
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