VIA News Archives
26 May 2013 - VIA OpenChrome KMS DRM Driver - 3 Comments
After years of work near single-handedly by James Simmons, the independently-created DRM kernel mode-setting driver for many VIA Chrome IGPs is finally looking for inclusion into the mainline kernel.
6 April 2013 - OpenChrome - 4 Comments
The OpenChrome VIA Linux graphics driver is far from being feature complete.
2 April 2013 - VIA Gallium3D - 36 Comments
In years past we long heard about lofty goals out of VIA Technologies for being open-source friendly and ultimately come up with a Mesa Gallium3D driver. We haven't heard anything officially out of VIA in a great number of months, but it turns out they do now have a Gallium3D driver for Chrome 9!
27 March 2013 - OpenChrome 0.3.2 - 8 Comments
The community-based OpenChrome project has shipped their xf86-video-openchrome 0.3.2 DDX.
25 March 2013 - VIA KMS Driver - 1 Comment
The VIA kernel mode-setting (KMS) driver, which has long been in development but has yet to reach the mainline Linux kernel, now supports HDMI.
16 February 2013 - VIA KMS - 2 Comments
Kernel mode-setting support for VIA's cruddy and aging graphics hardware continues to be worked on as a hobby project, but don't expect it to be merged for the Linux 3.9 kernel.
11 November 2012 - VIA OpenChrome DRM - 6 Comments
It's been several months since having anything to report on the state of VIA graphics under Linux. VIA hasn't been doing anything officially to better their Linux support and the "OpenChrome" development community is quite limited and small. While the long-in-development OpenChrome DRM driver for providing VIA kernel mode-setting support has yet to be merged into the mainline code-base, it's still being developed.
26 July 2012 - FInally - 1 Comment
Earlier this year VIA launched a $49 Android PC and now finally they are releasing the source-code to its boot-loader and kernel.
24 July 2012 - New Release - 6 Comments
The xf86-video-openchrome DDX driver has been updated today with a version 0.3.0. Xavier Bachelot from the OpenChrome camp describes this release as "a major step forward for the openchrome X.org driver."
30 June 2012 - Holy Shit - 10 Comments
It looks like the VIA kernel mode-setting (KMS) code may soon go mainline.
23 May 2012 - VIA Android PC - 11 Comments
While fading away to irrelevancy, VIA is still around and actually releasing new hardware. Though this isn't some new VIA x86 quad-core CPU but rather VIA Technologies is now entering the ARM and Android space. The product they announced on Tuesday is a $49 Android PC.
16 May 2012 - OpenChrome EXA - 3 Comments
There's a new release of the OpenChrome open-source VIA X.Org driver.
7 March 2012 - Video
Here's a video by James Simmons, the community developer that's near single-handedly been working on providing VIA kernel mode-setting (KMS) support and in-kernel memory management (via a GEM-ified TTM implementation), talking about the Linux KMS and GEM/TTM infrastructures for those wishing to learn more about Linux graphics driver programming.
20 February 2012 - VIA KMS - 1 Comment
Last week a status update was issued concerning the plans for OpenChrome kernel mode-setting (KMS) support for VIA hardware under Linux. There's finally a goal set for a release this summer.
10 February 2012 - Hardware
The xf86-video-openchrome driver has seen its first proper release in quite a while. The xf86-video-openchrome 0.2.905 release has support for new hardware and features.
25 January 2012 - Leakage - 10 Comments
The S3 Chrome 600 series / VIA VT3456 (VX11) still hasn't been officially announced, but here are some benchmarks of the forthcoming chipset from a VIA Nano quad-core system.
23 December 2011 - Update - 3 Comments
Yesterday when writing about VIA Technologies preparing a new graphics open-source push, it made me curious where the S3 Graphics Linux driver is at today.
22 December 2011 - VIA Open-Source Again? - 5 Comments
Here's a very unexpected but welcoming surprise for the holidays: there's some source code that's about to be released by VIA Technologies.
9 November 2011 - It's Still Around - 5 Comments
For any unfortunate Linux souls still stuck with VIA hardware, here's a status update about the OpenChrome driver project for providing an open-source graphics driver for VIA integrated graphics processors.
24 September 2011 - Hmmm? - 6 Comments
Back in January I heard from VIA that their open-source Linux strategy / support was basically dead. They don't have the resources or justification to do the work any longer, and their Linux TODO list was basically shot. In the years since they announced they were trying to become open-source friendly (and follow the steps of ATI/AMD), they only managed to push out some partially open-source code and some chipset documentation. But could they be playing around with open-source graphics drivers again?