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VIA's Linux Dreams Are Not Materializing

May 25, 2010, 06:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Larabel)

"Back in 2008 there was the announcement from the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit in Texas that VIA had joined the open-source driver bandwagon after having abandoned previous open-source attempts. However, for the past two years, this has largely been a media bluff. VIA Technologies did things like appoint an open-source liaison (Harald Welte, who is actually no longer contracted by VIA and didn't even do much for their efforts), launch a VIA Linux web-site (that is ill-maintained and two years later there are still portions of the site "under construction"), but they have done some things like put out some code and republishing old documentation. We're almost half-way through 2010 and it doesn't look like VIA will be doing much this year for their open-source graphics drivers.

"In late 2009 an article was published entitled VIA's Linux TODO List... Maybe Look Forward To 2011? where we looked at their actual efforts since their 2008 open-source announcement and then at their newest TODO list they had shared with the open-source community."

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