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Linux’s Father Gave Up Intel for First Time In Years

Linus Torvalds, the father of Linux, announced years later that he had given up intel processors and upgraded his host to AMD Ryzen Threadripper. Torvalds also hopes to one day use an ARM-powered desktop processor.
Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux and Git, shared an interesting anecdotus about himself in the announcement of the upcoming Linux 5.7-rc7 kernel version. Torvalds announced on his personal computer that he was switching to an AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor instead of Intel for the first time in many years.

Linus Torvalds has long been known for its proximity to the Intel Portland open source team and has preferred Intel processors in their systems for many years. For the first time in 15 years, Linux’s father revealed that he did not use an Intel processor on his host, revealing another evidence that the company was lagging behind its rival. Torvalds also stated his desire to one day use an ARM-powered desktop computer.

Linux creator Linus Torvalds gave up Intel years later

Linux Torvalds, during the linux 5.7-rc7 announcement, “In fact, this week was my biggest thrill to upgrade my host, and for the first time in nearly 15 years, my desktop is not Intel-based. No, I haven’t passed to ARM yet, but now I’m using amd threadripper 3970X. Now my ‘Allmodconfig’ test structures are three times faster than before. This change is not very important at this time, but I will definitely feel the upgrade in my next kernel work”.

Amd Threadripper 3970X and 3900 series stand out as good options for other processors, kernel developers and users who often compile large code bases. Threadripper 3970X combines 32 cores and 64 threads with a speed of 3.7GHz (which can reach 4.5 GHz under load) based on TSMC’s 7nm FinFET production process.

AMD Threadripper processors are unbeatable in the number of cores and threads
amd ryzen threadripper 3970x

Torvalds didn’t mention the previous Intel processor, but says the new AMD processor delivers up to three times higher performance. AMD Threadripper 3970Xhas more cores and threads than any processor designed for Intel’s PCs. Even Intel’s high-tech CoreX series currently has 18 cores.

Linus Torvalds’ Threadripper processor appears to play an important role in the development of Linux 5.8, which is scheduled to arrive in early June. Thanks to the efficiency of its new processor, it will be able to detect errors and crashes in the kernel more quickly.

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