OpenChrome Driver Continues To Get Fixed Up, New Version Next Month
Written by Michael Larabel in VIA on 10 August 2016 at 06:33 PM EDT. 8 Comments
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The open-source VIA/Chrome Linux graphics driver stack may not have an up-to-date DRM/KMS driver or working Mesa/Gallium3D driver, but the lone community developer left working on this code has continued to improve the DDX driver over the past few months.

Earlier this year Kevin Brace stepped up to takeover the OpenChrome driver with the project otherwise appearing as dead. Kevin managed the first OpenChrome driver release in over two years and has continued working on subsequent releases.

Kevin is now preparing for a xf86-video-openchrome v0.6 release for September. This upcoming OpenChrome DDX driver release adds integrated TMDS support for the CX700/VX700 on OpenChrome and experimental support for integrated and external TMDS co-existence. This lone developer was also able to fix several bugs with the driver too.

If you are one of the holdouts still relying upon VIA x86 hardware with integrated graphics, more details on this upcoming X.Org driver release via the OpenChrome-devel list.
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