VIA Appoints An Open-Source Liaison
Written by Michael Larabel in VIA on 24 July 2008 at 09:45 AM EDT. 24 Comments
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.

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