This is one of the big challenges for everyone -- is "majority rule" (ie listen only to what the OEMs want) the best way to run things ? We don't think so but practically speaking it's where you have to start.It sounds to me like the strategy of AMD with regard to open source, DRM, etc. is going to evolve in response to customer demand (where by "customer" I include OEM of course).
Not as much as you think. The problem has been figuring out how to deliver what you want without putting the rest of our business at risk. What you've probably seen over the years is that as we get bigger we are able to listen to more points of view and factor them all into our planning, and now it's your turn.I wonder what sort of process you can use to hear back from the open-source-using customers. I know that you have strong communications channels with OEMs, of course, and through your end-user support process you probably get feedback from proprietary-driver users, but I suspect there's a communications disconnect from the open-source-using customers (like me) to you.
The Catalyst drivers were the first big step, I guess -- in response to the fact that OEM priorities and end-user priorities were sometimes out of sync. Catalyst was basically two things -- setting up mechanisms to feed end user issues into the development pipe (via customer support) and externally releasing drivers on a schedule that could keep up with ongoing changes in the market (new games, apps, OS changes etc..).
Until recently the Catalyst model was aimed at Windows only, but as you've probably seen we are taking steps to include Linux in the initiative. We'll talk about it more in the Q&A, but the quick answer is "yes we are putting process in place". Part of the reason I'm hanging around here is to help figure out what that process should be.
It's worth mentioning that we have been moving towards this for a couple of years, but mostly behind the scenes. We didn't have the Linux resources to handle 1:1 interaction with customers, but we did set up the beta program (early 1:1 with a small set of customers), and we did actually look at the external Bugzilla reports even if we didn't respond or update the bugs ourselves. For the record, when I say "we" I mean Matthew, his team, and his management -- I only became involved in Linux recently through the open source project.
Since we happen to be first to market with Display Port but within a year everyone will have to support it, I would ask you to consider "not using it" rather than "not buying products which support it"
Here's a question for you. Do you think the Linux consumer market is going to grow substantially from its current size (I mean 10x minimum, not 20%/year), and do you think that growth will be able to happen without an OEM-friendly solution for playing DVDs, HD/BD etc ? The new crop of users are presumably giving up Windows for Linux, so they more than anyone will be influenced by the features available on Windows.