oh and BTW, I do not think that VIA would be stupid enough to declare war on the FOSS community that way... they are not that stupid... well I hope for them at least
Maybe that's a solution to this. a publicised campaign to boycott VIA products.
- for the majority of us boycotting directly branded via stuff is trivial: "I have a bad experience with via mainboards, so please ensure that my new pcs/hosts don't use a via mainboard". In small/medium businesses it's trivial to do that type of thing, and I assume PC manufacturers/large webhosts have little or no loyalty/reason to stick with via over their competitors?
I would be surprised if it did not force via to do 'something' - even if it was just explain how the hell they've got into this mess.