Phoronix: VIA Evaluating Its Open-Source Role
Two months ago VIA Technologies had announced their intentions on joining the open-source bandwagon, but since that time we've seen little more than talk. The VIA Linux Portal was announced as a place for hosting "drivers, technical documentation, source code, and information regarding the VIA CN700, CX700/M, CN896 and the new VIA VX800 chipsets." However, this "Linux Portal" isn't anything more than a binary dungeon...
I think that's a bit too harsh on them.
What could've helped is a list possible solutions they can take. Anyone have any smart ideas?
first of all - they should ask kernel/x.org devs on what docs are most needed to help with development.What could've helped is a list possible solutions they can take. Anyone have any smart ideas?
second - they should take up offer from linux driver project, to quickly get a hold of some dedicated developers.
third - they should start releasing specs in order of developer's demand, and actually talk with them.
ati has john bridgman, and alex deucher. they help a LOT right now, not only on forums, speaking with users, but also by communicating the needs of developers to the company.
via needs a few people like that, that would connect the company with the linux community. via might be a bit lost because they might not have experience with cooperating with outside developers.