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VIA Chrome 9 Hardware Documentation Released

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  • #16
    I don't see why so many people are praising VIA.

    They've done essentially zero work and they've now committed to doing absolutely zero work in the future. All they've done is punt out some documentation into the open for hardware that isn't much better than awful (running under their own drivers).

    What is this actually going to mean for real people? It's going to be somewhere between months and years before this is turned into something useful, by which point the older C9 devices will have already started dying off (they already have here).

    VIA should have done this two years ago. That would have deserved some praise. But the most this gets from me is a promise that I'll stop spitting when I hear their name.


    • #17
      Originally posted by oliw View Post
      I don't see why so many people are praising VIA.
      Praising this particular move, not praising VIA.

      If Nvidia released docs, they would be praised too.


      • #18
        It's nice to release doc, however :
        • it's a little late, as Chrome is out for years now
        • Where can you buy Chrome gpu ? Here in France, no where. Perhaps elsewhere?
        • Who will code that stuff, knowing that for AMD, there is major difficulties to get something completed for 2D, 3D and video (and AMD is far more present than VIA) ?

        VIA is just giving away stuff that can't be sold (who got a VIA graphic card here?) and for which they don't want to invest anything.
        Their Chrome9 is also so outdated that it's no secret fabrication process to be protected anymore, as Nvidia, AMD or Intel are far beyond them.


        • #19
          They don't sell discrete cards, but integrated chipsets, and people who end up with such a chipset (e.g. on a laptop) are quite screwed without drivers.

          Also, there is already a more-or-less working Chrome driver, and it's been recently ported over to KMS+TTM. Of course it would be great if VIA funded developers (and it sucks that they don't), but the community devs do not have to start from zero. With this documentation, it should be far easier to fix the existing drivers and add missing functionality.

          Much easier than with, say, nouveau.


          • #20
            Originally posted by pingufunkybeat View Post
            They don't sell discrete cards
            Small correction on that. Now they actually sell an (one!) (overpriced) card. But it was really the first and only exemplar I've seen. 99,9% are laptop/mainboard included chips.


            • #21
              So... are these docs actually complete? Or are there major pieces
              missing like with ATI and the still-undocumented-after-all-these-years

              Can we expect FLOSS video decode with these things?