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    Default VIA Publishes Three Programming Guides

    Phoronix: VIA Publishes Three Programming Guides

    Earlier this week we shared that VIA had appointed an open-source liaison to work on providing the community with documentation and source-code for their products and work to improve VIA's image within the Linux and open-source communities. Since VIA announced their open-source strategy earlier this year, all they had provided was a simple kernel frame-buffer driver...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NjYyMg

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    Way to go, VIA! Keep it up!

    Just remember what you're trying to sell and you'll be fine.

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    Looks like a solid start. Hopefully before too long my system will be documented...

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    Default Wonderful, thanks VIA!

    Hopefully the graphics documentation is in the pipeline, and that Harald Welte will be able to bring together the OpenChrome and Unichrome developers to work on a single codebase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stan View Post
    Hopefully the graphics documentation is in the pipeline, and that Harald Welte will be able to bring together the OpenChrome and Unichrome developers to work on a single codebase.
    That was my take on this event. While the info in the chipset docs is going to be useful in the long-haul sense of the term- it's not fixing one of the mainline problems Linux users face with the use of their products. If you've got one of their IGP's, you're stuck with twitchy stuff at best- and no way for someone other than VIA right at the moment to properly fix it. Not a good thing, really. I divested myself of pretty much all my VIA devices because of issues with the display, etc.

    I really do like the release of the useful PadLock info. That helps. Now, if only they could fix their display driver story...

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    "bring together the OpenChrome and Unichrome developers to work on a single codebase" that would be pure win.

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    Why does VIA release the specs for their security engine?

    Isn't such only useful for Digital Restriction Management?

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    And SSL or SSH based connections, I think. DRM is only one form (usage) of cryptography, and it is the least interesting from a systems point of view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louise View Post
    Why does VIA release the specs for their security engine?

    Isn't such only useful for Digital Restriction Management?
    As mentioned, ssh but even cryptography will benefit from that. Imagine hardware accelerated encryption of your hard drive. Thats cool.

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    Thumbs up

    I am thoroughly impressed and look forward to more good things from VIA.

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