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    Phoronix: VIA's Linux Strategy Takes A Turn With Hidden Driver

    Yesterday we reported on VIA's Linux dreams not materializing with their GEM/TTM memory management support still missing even though we are half-way into 2010 -- more than two years after VIA announced its most recent open-source initiative. It turns out, however, for what VIA views as its memory management work is actually done. VIA has inconspicuously handed over some of its code to the OpenChrome developers in order to create a new driver that has been dubbed the "openvia" driver. VIA has supposedly provided the source-code to an X driver plus TTM/GEM DRM, but this new project largely remains a hidden mystery.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=14963

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    Damn it. It's so sad to see that VIA fails to produce good opensource drivers in time, although it seems they hired developers for this job. I think it would be good if someone with more open source and community experience could take control over the team and organize it. I think that would speedup the process. VIA, hire luc

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    • #3
      Why is it that the number of drivers for a certain gpu maker's products increase with diminishing market share?

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      • #4
        that's the unwritten law of obscurity through excessive distribution

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        • #5
          OMG. But I'll first believe it when I see it.
          In other news it seems to be the usual stuff: When people cry to loud throw an obscure packet of code at them and hope people will cool off until they find out that the code is 50% useless.

          I'll sit down, have a cup of chocolate milk and wait and watch whatever happens with this VIA hardware / driver situation.

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          • #6
            via really need's a 'bridgman' 'clone'

            Via also need' official via driver trolls and Fanboys ...

            we should send kano a via card to play :-)

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            • #7
              Such potential, now just let's see if it materializes.

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              • #8
                Via, hire Luc. Luc, learn to cooperate.

                I too hope Luc joins the Via team and that he will cooperate with OpenChrome devs to create a unified driver. If there is progress, my next computer is probably going to be VIA, so I can try this driver out.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by stan View Post
                  I too hope Luc joins the Via team and that he will cooperate with OpenChrome devs to create a unified driver. If there is progress, my next computer is probably going to be VIA, so I can try this driver out.
                  My divine power said that you won't

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by stan View Post
                    I too hope Luc joins the Via team and that he will cooperate with OpenChrome devs to create a unified driver. If there is progress, my next computer is probably going to be VIA, so I can try this driver out.
                    Magic 8-Ball says 'outlook unclear'.

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