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    Default VIA Will Not Provide An OSS Chrome 9 3D Driver

    Phoronix: VIA Will Not Provide An OSS Chrome 9 3D Driver

    This morning VIA's Bruce Chang had submitted the DRM code for the Chrome 9 IGP with a request that it be pushed into the mainline Linux kernel. The DRM alone isn't usable to an end-user without a Mesa driver or something else to take advantage of this kernel component. VIA previously expressed interest in a Gallium3D-based Chrome 9 driver, but now today we find out they have no intentions on creating an open-source Chrome 9 3D driver. Instead, they just want this DRM into the mainline Linux kernel so that it can be used by their binary blob and to hopefully have some open-source developers come along and create a free software driver from their incomplete documentation.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=14051

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    Oh fuck you, VIA. A binary what? That strange thing of bytes that will only work (or better expressed: not work) on few selected age old distributions? You want to give us that?
    Nah, forget it. I will not buy any piece of VIA's shoddy hardware, make sure not even to get soundchips or networkchips, unless this changes. It's ok to just give specs as Greg KH said and the community will care for a free driver but it needs at least these specs!
    And telling us that one of the once largest chipset maufracturers isn't able to give at least a starting kick to it? Not havin the resources? Who in the fricken Windoze world buys VIA's shit? I doubt a single person would use a VIA box for gaming. They should rather make themselves a safe place in the Linux corner cause they won't stand long in the rest of the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adarion View Post
    Oh fuck you, VIA. A binary what? That strange thing of bytes that will only work (or better expressed: not work) on few selected age old distributions? You want to give us that?
    Nah, forget it. I will not buy any piece of VIA's shoddy hardware, make sure not even to get soundchips or networkchips, unless this changes. It's ok to just give specs as Greg KH said and the community will care for a free driver but it needs at least these specs!
    And telling us that one of the once largest chipset maufracturers isn't able to give at least a starting kick to it? Not havin the resources? Who in the fricken Windoze world buys VIA's shit? I doubt a single person would use a VIA box for gaming. They should rather make themselves a safe place in the Linux corner cause they won't stand long in the rest of the world.
    Fully agreed. No one I know has a good opinion of VIA's hardware, and with the intel atom there is basically no reason in going for a VIA platform.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [Knuckles] View Post
    Fully agreed. No one I know has a good opinion of VIA's hardware, and with the intel atom there is basically no reason in going for a VIA platform.
    Yep, I am always voting with my wallet. My next purchase will be an ATI discrete card to celebrate the 3D Open Source drivers whenever that happens.

    BTW, they could outsource to Tungsten Graphics to do this, no? It should be so much easier now with Gallium!

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    If via release the rest of the documentation i have no problem with an closed source mesa and DDX and an open source kernel module.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mendieta View Post
    Yep, I am always voting with my wallet. My next purchase will be an ATI discrete card to celebrate the 3D Open Source drivers whenever that happens.
    I hope you understand that is not happening before 2011.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bulletxt View Post
    I hope you understand that is not happening before 2011.
    Hardly... AMD has their own people working on it - glxgears is (kinda) working in Mesa master on 4xxx's now. I think the driver'll be in good shape in Ubuntu 10.04, if not even 9.10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adarion View Post
    Who in the fricken Windoze world buys VIA's shit? I doubt a single person would use a VIA box for gaming. They should rather make themselves a safe place in the Linux corner cause they won't stand long in the rest of the world.
    VIA hasn't been seriously pursuing the gamer/enthusiast market for years; they've been setting the standards for small, low-power PC systems. Intel and Nvidia are just now getting around to producing stuff that can compete with VIA in this space.

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    Have any one counted how many times the article repeats itself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louise View Post
    Have any one counted how many times the article repeats itself?
    Yep

    I was missing a final paragraph:

    I REPEAT. Via is not ...


    LOL!

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