OpenChrome: There's Apparently Not Much Left
Written by Michael Larabel in VIA on 21 May 2014 at 08:58 PM EDT. 21 Comments
While open-source activities around Intel, AMD Radeon, and NVIDIA (Nouveau) hardware continues to flourish, for the unlucky users still dependent upon VIA x86 hardware, the OpenChrome and VIA kernel mode-setting initiatives seem to have come to a standstill.

I was curious about the state of OpenChrome, since it's been several months since hearing any VIA kernel mode-setting update for the independent VIA DRM/KMS driver that was in the works for several years by James Simmons. Sadly though, there doesn't seem to be anything new and the OpenChrome project seems to be in a dire state.

- There's been no xf86-video-openchrome DDX commits since last October.

- The openchrome-devel list has been barely active this year.

- The most promising open-source VIA x86 work in recent times was around Simmons' OpenChrome DRM driver that for a while looked like it was almost ready for integration into the mainline kernel wasn't touched since last December within the drm-openchrome repository.

- I reached out to Simmons earlier this week but have yet to hear back from him whether he's still pursuing work on this DRM driver or not.

- OpenChrome.org that was once the project site for this driver has now apparently turned into a travel blog.

If I happen to hear anything more about the state of OpenChrome or the VIA open-source community, I'll be sure to update.
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