VIA Chrome 9 Hardware Documentation Released
Phoronix: VIA Chrome 9 Hardware Documentation Released
While it was just a couple weeks ago that a VIA Technologies representative had admitted to me their Linux / open-source strategy is basically dead (and they had failed in delivering their Linux goals for 2010), it seems that today the first Chrome 9 (VIA VX900 IGP) documentation has been released. It appears to originate from VIA Technologies but this public release is coming to the community through the OpenChrome driver project. This documentation covers the 2D, 3D, and video engines for these integrated graphics processors...
This deserved from page treatment!
Now this deserves from page treatment! Where can one buy chome9 hardware (desktop or laptop)?
Always a downer, eh Mike?
This is more than nVidia ever did for Free driver development, mind you. Or Intel, in the case of Poulsbo. This is what everyone always wants from vendors. This is what they owe us. Sure, there's work to be done, fine-- but you can't say it's too early to applaud this move on VIA's part.
Did the hell just freeze over?
Just a little correction - that's what reasonable people always want from vendors. Then there's many others who don't give a damn and just want their hardware to work to it's full potential right after they've made the purchase.
Originally Posted by ethana2
I can't say I blame them - all I'm saying is that I'd much rather achieve that this way:
- Hardware manufacturer would release complete (reliable, efficient and full featured) libre driver along with documentation well before the hardware itself hits the shelves (that means soon enough for all the pieces to be able to make it into the components that the next round of distros will be based on).
- Then they could step aside and let our heroes handle the maintenance.