It's even better - they make money from selling information about you, so it's not just about the ads ; )
I wonder how this affects the linux driver. It's easier hampering the telemetry there at least.
Damn, if only I could change the GPU in my laptop to a Radeon FirePro after hearing about this. It may only be in the GeForce Experience software but who knows if they will add something similar to professional cards like the Quadros?
Some of the users around the forums have been saying the last few months AMD drivers for Linux have improved a lot, open source and also AMDPRO drivers that was originally for the FirePros, I believe. I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm off base.
Well, AMD back in like 2014 said "we will focus our efforts on the drivers quality and stability". Since then i have been using Omega 14:12... Have not crashed once. Worked with every game i tried, except No Man's Sky... Anyways, this summer, Lisa Su and Raja Koduri have said "We will focus our driver efforts towards open source and Linux platforms". Some people have said, they have improved.
A lot late if you ask me. People have been complaining for years. It's funny how their Linux drivers were crap, while they were working with Apple, and Apple's OS is Linux based... I think they have no choice anymore. They can't really afford to loose any more market share, so they should try and claw back as much as possible from wherever they can...
focusing but potentially never completing. Im skeptical they will fully opensource all of their code, it could give nvidia even more of an advantage. I think AMD is doing a great thing but they could pretty much level the field between AMDGPU-PRO and AMDGPU in less than a month if they wanted too.
It's a delicate game they are playing and it will keep AMD drivers a step behind in performance on Linux compared to Nvidia up until they finally FOSS everything.. which is a big risk for a relative giant like AMD
You can't really blame them... They have been operating on loss for the last... how long? 4 years? All money they have they throw at Zen and GCN and barely can afford anything... Anyways, now that AMD is profitable again, let's hope they will not fall behind again... If they do the same registration/telemetry crap as Nvidia i may have to go to Intel's iGP...