I had a look at the VIA binary driver; it's strictly Ubuntu-only. All the paths are hardcoded to those found in Ubuntu and Ubuntu-based distributions:
Haven't downloaded the source code from VIA's portal yet but judging by how small the source zipfile is (less than 2mb) im a bit dubious about whether it contains the full stack, and whether it can even compile on a non-Ubuntu system.
Even though it was just a binary blob, I just had to check the date of the article. After all, it's the beginning of April .
I would have consideres via a bit if that would be opensource, but even than I dont think they build good hardware.
But I was curious because I thought gallium3d is for free drivers only. because its a bit stupid, when you then have a opensoruce statetracker that enables hardware-independend stuff, that closedsource driver could use that I would think is absurd.
But then its like bsdish, you give your enemy the sword to kill you, a bit like catolish philosophy ^^.
But ok... but then another question, nvidia did always make 99% own x-stack because whatever because they suck or something or mesa had the wrong lisense or whatever... so why do neither nvidia nor amd have plans to make better drivers by rewrite their garbage-blobs to gallium? thought its because of this lisences.
Or do they want to port windows to linux basicly so they dont have to programm 2 different drivers.
So Ubuntu/Nvidia/Windows/Linux... nice love it (ironie off)
Now, does VIA/S3 have any compelling products in the works in any market segment that would make anyone consider them a viable alternative?
It's because they put 99% of their focus on the windows drivers, and simply put out quick ports of that code to linux. Rewriting everything into Gallium would take a huge amount of work, probably end up turning Gallium largely into a clone of their already existing internal architecture, and most likely be less optimized anyway, since Gallium is meant to be hardware agnostic and their existing drivers are free to make assumptions about how their hardware works that would be more difficult to add into gallium.so why do neither nvidia nor amd have plans to make better drivers by rewrite their garbage-blobs to gallium? thought its because of this lisences.