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VIA's Linux TODO List... Maybe Look Forward To 2011?

Dec 28, 2009, 12:03 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Larabel)

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"Nearly two years ago at the Linux Foundation Summit in Austin was VIA's most recent announcement about becoming serious with open-source support. This was not VIA's first time they claimed to back an open-source strategy, which led a number of open-source developers to immediately call VIA's open-source strategy a bluff. To date this still is mostly a bluff, but they have produced some fluff. In 2010 it looks like this will still be the case, but VIA hopes to produce some code by the second half of 2010. This code, however, will likely not appear in most Linux distributions until 2011.

"Since that 2008 announcement (which came two years after they stopped an earlier open-source attempt) there has been some 2D and 3D documentation published by VIA Technologies for some of its integrated graphics processors and they have made some patches, created a new DDX driver (though it has gone virtually nowhere), and they also improved the frame-buffer driver. This work though is absolutely no comparison to the amount of code, patches, and other work that has been done by AMD and their partners since they announced their own open-source strategy back in September of 2007. VIA Technologies also hired Harald Welte as an open-source liaison, but he didn't even do much and is no longer contracted by VIA. As is shown in our most recent Linux Graphics Survey, these half-baked open-source attempts haven't done anything to increase VIA's market-share."

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