VIA's commitment to the open-source community has been everything but stellar. VIA Technologies has taken advantage of the open-source community before, and many are saying VIA is doing another open-source bluff
. Back at the Linux Foundation Summit earlier this year, VIA had announced they were going open-source
with documentation, open-source drivers, and the works. However, to this date most of what we have seen opened is just a simple fbdev driver
Today though from the Ottawa Linux Symposium, VIA has announced they've appointed an open-source liaison. Who's taking up this job? Harald Welte. Welte has been involved with OpenMoko
, netfilter/iptables, and projects to enforce the GPL license. Harald will be responsible for refining VIA's open-source strategy and improving their Linux drivers.
The press release for VIA appointing Harald Welte as its open-source liaison can be read here