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VIA come to the oss party
GlennsPref 
1/8/08 8:51:54 AM
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from slash dot (/.) the other day...

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| VIA Releases 800 Pages of Documentation For Linux |
| from the why-thank-you dept. |
| posted by Soulskill on Sunday July 27, @08:13 (Programming) |
| http://linux.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/07/27/1129200 |
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billybob2 writes "VIA has [0]published three programming guides that
total 800 pages in length and cover their PadLock, CX700, and VX800/820
technologies. The VIA PadLock provides a random number generator, an
advanced cryptography engine, and RSA algorithm computations. The VX800
chipset was VIA's first Integrated Graphics Processor, while the CX700 is
a System Media Processor designed for the mobile market. This is another
step in VIA's strategy to support the development of Free and Open Source
drivers under Linux, which comes pre-installed on VIA products such as
the Sylvania NetBook, HP Mini-Note, 15.4" gBook, gPC, CloudBook, Zonbu,
and VIA OpenBook. Earlier this week, VIA hired Linux kernel developer and
[1]GPL-Violations.org founder Harald Welte to be [2]VIA's liason to the
Open Source community."

Discuss this story at:
http://linux.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=08/07/27/1129200

Links:
0. http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=NjYyMg
1. http://www.gpl-violations.org/
2. http://www.tectonic.co.za/?p=2701


Looks like we won't be beholden to foxcon at least. Maybe they will change their approach and start working on that buggy bios.

I think, from past experience that via make a damn good chipset.

cheers, :)




Edited by GlennsPref: 1/8/2008 08:55:06 AM

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pekkahead 
1/8/08 10:04:42 AM
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I don't know how much info the other chip set makers have open sourced, but this sounds like an ace move on VIAs' behalf.


Thanks for the news and the links Glenn.

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spielentwickler 
1/8/08 10:12:06 AM
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This is very cool. You make open specs standard and the other hw manufacturers are going to have to follow suit...

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GlennsPref 
1/8/08 5:29:30 PM
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My feelings too, the benefits are wide spread.

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Waltish 
1/8/08 11:17:05 PM
Hero
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Yay Via ... welcome to the paradigm shift {:)

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wilsontc 
4/8/08 5:44:06 PM
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Wow, OpenBSD has had native support for this stuff for ages. Too little, too late VIA. Yet another political stunt.

Anybody could have just used the BSD driver for reference. Hopefully they'll continue to release documentation for new and current hardware.

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Redhatter 
9/8/08 12:36:22 PM
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wilsontc: Not quite... there are still unresolved issues using BSD-licensed code under Linux.

Namely the issue is when a driver is ported, it becomes GPL, then any improvements are thus derivative works on the GPL driver, and are then themselves, GPL licensed. This prevents those improvements from reaching the original BSD developers.

But this is a minor issue really... and while you might see it as a political stunt and the OpenBSD devs have managed to figure it out for themselves, it's still useful to have these docs as it'll help debug issues faced by users of the drivers.

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wilsontc 
10/8/08 1:52:53 AM
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Quote by Redhatter
wilsontc: Not quite... there are still unresolved issues using BSD-licensed code under Linux.



My point was just that anybody could use the driver as a reference when writing a GPL driver. They don't have to import it into the tree. In fact, this is how a lot of code is shared between the projects as I'm sure you know Redhatter :)

Or they could take the NTFS-3g approach and implement it in userspace.


Either way, lets hope that Via continues to release documentation and specs to anyone, and not under NDAs, which hurts everyone yet seems to be accepted in the Linux community :(

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