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VIA Stops Open-Source Drivers

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Published on 06 November 2006 01:00 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in VIA
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If you weren't aware, VIA Technologies had previously opened up their Unichrome display drivers and had begun releasing the source code, though the quality of the drivers could be debated. However, it seems that the times have changed and VIA has reverted to providing new binary-only drivers. This was pointed out by Luc Verhaegen who is one of the SourceForge Unichrome Project developers. A thread is currently going in the Phoronix Forums to discuss this closed-source happening. Meanwhile we haven't heard anything from XGI Tech in quite a few months about their GNU GPL driver potential. Their last XGI Volari Linux display driver release happened back on January 2, 2006 when they had introduced Linux 2.6 kernel support.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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