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AMD joins Linux lab

How about this: The chipmaker will work with two groups in the Open Source Development Labs, a consortium cofounded by rival Intel.

Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices has joined the Open Source Development Labs, a multicompany consortium devoted to improving Linux. AMD will participate in two groups--one for Linux on high-end servers and another for Linux on telecommunications equipment, the company said Thursday.

AMD rival Intel helped found OSDL in 2000, but the group now has broad membership from numerous technology companies. Linux leader and OSDL employee Linus Torvalds has expressed support for AMD's 64-bit extensions to x86 chips, an idea Intel has followed despite its rival Itanium 64-bit chip family.