Since 3D and EXA were developed initially by the OpenChrome project, I think VIA plans to provide docs and invite those developers to merge their work into xf86-video-via. Hence no duplication of work To prove the point, check out the DRI/DRM patch that VIA already submitted to the Linux kernel, which includes a 395-line file called via_chrome9_3d_reg.h.it goes without 3D acceleration ... EXA acceleration ... TV support.
As for TV support, I agree, it would seems silly to put so much work into XV while not providing TV-out modesetting for HTPC setups like MythTV.
There's nothing wrong with "copying" a policy that is friendly towards Free Software users. In fact, VIA is going over and beyond AMD in terms of multimedia capability (XV acceleration), especially considering AMD's cozy relationship with the MPAA and dragging their feet on releasing a FOSS driver that accelerates video using the IDCT, UVD and UVD2 blocks.It's even admitted VIA has been trying to copy some aspects of AMD's open-source strategy
With this code dump the VIA driver is likely to be the best FOSS multimedia driver ever to have existed.
His name is spelled Harald Welte, and you can get a first-hand account from his blog.Back in July though, VIA Technologies had appointed Heralt Welte as its open-source liaison