TH: "Last week, the European Union fined Intel a record $1.45 billion dollars, citing abuse of its dominant position in the market by giving rebates to computer manufacturers in exchange for exclusive use of Intel CPUs. While AMD celebrated the victory by showing the EU flag on its home page (Ed.: it has since been taken down), Intel is talking of plans to appeal.
We're left to wonder what this ruling will change in the industry. Will it strengthen AMD's market share with system builders and enthusiasts? As the president of Puget Systems, a boutique system builder in Seattle, WA, I'm not here to talk about the merits of competition, or what rebates are/are not ethical for Intel to offer. I'm here to talk about system builders, and why we use Intel CPUs so heavily."