VIA Joins The Open Driver Bandwagon
Phoronix: VIA Joins The Open Driver Bandwagon
Announced this morning at the second annual Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit is a new open-source driver development initiative. VIA Technologies has announced its strategic open-source driver development initiative. VIA will be providing technical specifications, source-code, and other information regarding their latest products. In addition, they'll be opening a new web-site devoted to its new Linux efforts.
VIA = EVEREX = Formosa Plastics Group has been increasingly supportive of FOSS
The Taiwanese conglomerate Formosa Plastics Group owns both VIA and Everex, who you might remember as the maker of the CloudBook, gPC, MyMiniPC, and a 15.4" regular laptop, all of which run Linux. VIA has also released enough docs so that a VIA desktop motherboard can now run Coreboot (formerly known as LinuxBIOS).
The more money they save using FOSS and avoiding the M$ tax, the more resources they can afford to put into making their hardware work better on Linux. :) It's interesting to note that the MyMiniPC uses Intel prcessors/graphics chips, presumebly because VIA chips can't do Compiz yet. Once they get the VIA graphics drivers in shape, VIA won't have to use chips from their competitors.