More Intel Strong-arming?
Date: November 27, 2001
David Vorov writes:
A few weeks ago I attempted to order an Athlon
notebook from Compaq (Presario 700) with Windows 2000 as an operating system.
Compaq said they didn't offer Windows 2000 on notebooks. I pointed out that on
their website they offered Win2k on all INTEL based notebooks, but it didn't
seem to be available on any AMD based notebooks. After a lot of back and forth,
the salesperson admitted they DID sell Intel based notebooks with Win2k, but
said that Win2k did not work with AMD processors. I demanded to speak to a
After I listed all the AMD desktop and notebook systems I had running Win2k, and giving her the Microsoft URL which shows AMD Athlon as compatible Win2k hardware, The supervisor admitted that yes, it would run on AMD processors just fine, but their contract with Intel prevented them from offering either Win2k or XP Professional on AMD hardware. When I mentioned that this would probably be an illegal contract, she got a bit nervous and said she didn't know if it was really a contract, I should contact someone else about this, she's just a sales manager, blah, blah... so I let her off the hook.
Last week I called a friend who has a brother-in-law who works for Compaq in Houston. Over Thanksgiving dinner he said his brother-in-law confirmed that they didn't offer W2k on AMD notebooks because of "Intel pressure".
So my question now is: Who do I go to about this? This doesn't seem like it would be legal. I have two (fairly low-level) employees at Compaq admitting that they know Intel is pressuring Compaq to squeeze AMD out of a decent operating system and relegating it to the low end "XP home edition" piece of crap O/S.
So I go to the press. Maybe you can make a difference. Go ahead, try to get Win2K on an AMD notebook, or anything for that matter.
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