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    Phoronix: VIA Chrome 9 Hardware Documentation Released

    While it was just a couple weeks ago that a VIA Technologies representative had admitted to me their Linux / open-source strategy is basically dead (and they had failed in delivering their Linux goals for 2010), it seems that today the first Chrome 9 (VIA VX900 IGP) documentation has been released. It appears to originate from VIA Technologies but this public release is coming to the community through the OpenChrome driver project. This documentation covers the 2D, 3D, and video engines for these integrated graphics processors...

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

  • #2
    Gotta love Google for just making themselve useful, wether you use their services or not...

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    • #3
      This deserved from page treatment!

      Now this deserves from page treatment! Where can one buy chome9 hardware (desktop or laptop)?

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      • #4
        Okay. CC license, lots of specs, that might be good for something.
        I know that a driver won't pop up within a week, but now the devs have at least a chance to write a driver and not have be so desperate that they're fixing typos in code comments. Sadly there are even OLDER chips that still not seem to get the love that they need (Unichromes, e.g. CLE266).
        Still, a first step in the right direction.
        I'll watch the situation but still stay away from hope.

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        • #5
          Wow! <- I said that out loud when I read the headline.

          Kudos to VIA, better late than never! Shame my HP2133 might start collecting dust now that Fusion ultraportables start hitting the shelves.

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          • #6
            Eh nvm, I think it's a different IGP >.<

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            • #7
              Always a downer, eh Mike?

              This is more than nVidia ever did for Free driver development, mind you. Or Intel, in the case of Poulsbo. This is what everyone always wants from vendors. This is what they owe us. Sure, there's work to be done, fine-- but you can't say it's too early to applaud this move on VIA's part.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ethana2 View Post
                This is more than nVidia ever did for Free driver development, mind you. Or Intel, in the case of Poulsbo. This is what everyone always wants from vendors. This is what they owe us. Sure, there's work to be done, fine-- but you can't say it's too early to applaud this move on VIA's part.
                yes you are right a really nice move. nvidia and intel(Poulsbo) is really the last one.

                the customers really shoult stepp away from nvidia and stuff like Poulsbo.

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                • #9
                  Did the hell just freeze over?

                  Originally posted by ethana2 View Post
                  This is what everyone always wants from vendors. This is what they owe us. Sure, there's work to be done, fine-- but you can't say it's too early to applaud this move on VIA's part.
                  Just a little correction - that's what reasonable people always want from vendors. Then there's many others who don't give a damn and just want their hardware to work to it's full potential right after they've made the purchase.
                  I can't say I blame them - all I'm saying is that I'd much rather achieve that this way:
                  1. Hardware manufacturer would release complete (reliable, efficient and full featured) libre driver along with documentation well before the hardware itself hits the shelves (that means soon enough for all the pieces to be able to make it into the components that the next round of distros will be based on).
                  2. Then they could step aside and let our heroes handle the maintenance.

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                  • #10
                    Releasing docs is a very commendable move!

                    Shame that they're giving up on Linux, but at least those stuck with the hardware have hope of getting working drivers at some time.

                    James Simmons can probably make use of this documentation... http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...item&px=ODk3OA

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by »John« View Post
                      Hardware manufacturer would release complete (reliable, efficient and full featured) libre driver along with documentation well before the hardware itself hits the shelves ...
                      Then they could step aside and let our heroes handle the maintenance.
                      That would be... optimal. The great dream. Well, for some things it might be true but these are more CPUs, chipsets, storage chips and networking. GPUs seem to be slower cause a lot is done in software and there is more secrecy and I don't know how quickly these are developed in comparison to "plain" network chips.

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                      • #12
                        @John,

                        What AMD already did with Fusion?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Adarion View Post
                          That would be... optimal.
                          And considering that they have to write that code anyway, why don't share at least the cost of maintenance when they get the chance? I don't see either side losing anything that way. Notice that none of the vendors providing free and open drivers for their hardware (and now I'm not talking only about GPUs) lost any of their competitive advantage, so worrying about that seems completely pointless.

                          Originally posted by Adarion View Post
                          GPUs seem to be slower cause a lot is done in software and there is more secrecy
                          John Bridgman keeps telling us that's because all the crap surrounding DRM and the goddamn software patents. Whenever the money is concerned, all logic and reason is quickly thrown out of the window. Or maybe it's just that another "logic" takes over - the kind of logic we shouldn't tolerate in any shape or form if we wish to call ourselves humane. That's one of the unfortunate consequences of twisted human nature and and therefore extremely hard to get right.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by V!NCENT View Post
                            What AMD already did with Fusion?
                            Well, not exactly - the timing is excellent and it's open, but it still lacks a good deal of bells and whistles. Don't get me wrong - I'm extremely grateful for what they've done so far and especially with Fusion, but it's still quite far from ideal. That said, I'm loyal to AMD and it's gonna stay that way as long as they keep showing so much promise.

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                            • #15
                              Since the VX900 was released March 2010, it's not as long a wait as implied in the article (compared to AMD's docs).

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