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  • #16
    Originally posted by edged View Post
    @SarahKH
    Seems like a clear case to me of what is actually going on with VIA. If you want to roast and baste VIA for not following through with their statements after-the-fact, then I've got no problem with that. While raising concern towards a company's motivations is not necessarily a bad thing (nor is referring to past related circumstances particularly wrong), it is however premature and in my fair opinion rather distasteful to print such a thing.
    Baiting them so soon is I agree a little untoward, but with their previous odd bod 'commitments' is it totally unneeded? Personally I'd say no. Given half a chance VIA will do the minimum and tout their opensourceness... their needs to be a 'we're watching you' mentality until they fully participate in the community.

    It's on a much smaller scale, but if SCO suddenly turned round and said, "we surrender, here have some kernel patches" it'd be quarantined and fully dissected before going near the mainline kernel... but I admit VIA is not a company in my good books due to the 200+ EPIA melting down after, realistically, 6 months of use despite its actual age.

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    • #17
      VIA just submitted 16,434 lines of code for Linux framebuffer

      VIA engineer Joseph Chan just submitted over sixteen throusand four hundred lines of code (16,434 to be exact) to the Linux Framebuffer Development mailing list (linux-fbdev-devel) that will enable Linux to natively support VIA graphics using framebuffers instead of clunky old VESA BIOS.

      http://marc.info/?l=linux-fbdev-deve...5858525664&w=2
      http://marc.info/?l=linux-fbdev-deve...5859325677&w=2
      http://marc.info/?l=linux-fbdev-deve...5861425733&w=2
      http://marc.info/?l=linux-fbdev-deve...5861025719&w=2
      http://marc.info/?l=linux-kernel&m=121015873525951&w=2
      http://marc.info/?l=linux-kernel&m=121015873125929&w=2
      http://marc.info/?l=linux-kernel&m=121015872925924&w=2
      http://marc.info/?l=linux-kernel&m=121015917626649&w=2
      http://marc.info/?l=linux-kernel&m=121015848325468&w=2

      That shows real commitment on VIA's part, certainly more than NVIDIA has made so far.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by stan View Post
        VIA engineer Joseph Chan just submitted over sixteen throusand four hundred lines of code (16,434 to be exact) to the Linux Framebuffer Development mailing list (linux-fbdev-devel) that will enable Linux to natively support VIA graphics using framebuffers instead of clunky old VESA BIOS.
        Interesting development - i think when the response finally arrives from nvidia we will be stoked

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        • #19
          BTW, technically via never released the specs for the Envy24's. That was IC Ensembles doing who were later bought out by Via.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by hmmm View Post
            Interesting development - i think when the response finally arrives from nvidia we will be stoked
            Indeed. Nvidia are now definetley the odd man out of the graphics chip people.

            A 'nicely done' and round of applause to VIA I guess

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            • #21
              Originally posted by stan View Post
              That shows real commitment on VIA's part, certainly more than NVIDIA has made so far.
              It shows SOME honest commitment on their part. Definite improvement on things- hopefully we'll see some real techincal information or honest open source drivers with technical info given on a need to know basis- and not just for the IGP lineup either.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Svartalf View Post
                technical info given on a need to know basis
                Why not let people decide for themselves whether they "need to know"? That's how it usually works with most reputable chip manufacturers (custom parts notwithstanding).

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                • #23
                  Hi,

                  It seems VIA actually released a new open source Xorg driver :

                  http://laforge.gnumonks.org/weblog/2...ver-opensource

                  Greetings,
                  Steven

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