AMD calls for end of OS proliferation

AMD thinks that it is a complete waste of money to invest in new operating systems.

According to X-bit Labs, while Chipzilla thinks it is rather neat to splash out on new open source operating systems projects, AMD is telling the world and its dog it is a waste of cash.

Neal Robison, senior director of content and application support at AMD, is quoted as saying that the market of operating systems is largely formed and beyond that it does not make sense to invest in creating more.

It means that the world will be stuck with Linux, Windows 8 and iOS as there is no return on investment beyond Linux, Android and Windows 8, Robison said.

Chipzilla recently decided to drop support of Meego, which it developed with Nokia, and initiated support of Tizen instead. Tizen combines the open-sauce stuff from LiMo and the Linux foundation and adds standards-based HTML5 and WAC web development.

But AMD thinks it does not make sense to spend precious development and financial resources on non-standard platforms, but to concentrate on those already available and in use by actual customers.

One thing that is interesting from Robison’s comments is that he appears to have forgotten about ARM. He seems to think that ARM, even in ARMv8 64-bit form, does not make sense since x86 is much more scalable in terms of performance and software support.