Wrapping up 7.4 (finally)

Xavier Bachelot xavier at bachelot.org
Thu Jun 12 02:57:08 PDT 2008

Matthieu Herrb wrote:
> Paulo Cesar Pereira de Andrade wrote:
>> Alan Coopersmith wrote:
>>> Daniel Stone wrote:
>>>> I'd like to see a radeon/radeonhd and openchrome/unichrome cage match:
>>>> two driver enter, one driver leave. 
>>> Can we assume xf86-video-via is already a loser?
via can probably be considered dead. It is not maintained and was not 
adapted for libpciaccess. afaik, unichrome doesn't have libpciaccess 
either and only support a subset of the chipset openchrome support. 
openchrome does have support for both libpciaccess and support for all 
the VIA chipset but the newer VX800. openchrome is parallel-installable 
to via or unichrome, so imho both unichrome and openchrome can stay.
>>   Openchrome officially in in xorg would be good, but I don't know what
>> will be of via and if they will maintain open source drivers...
> They are willing to provide documentation and help. Please contact Luc 
> Verhagen or me if you're interested in getting doc.

They _announced_ they are willing to provide documentation and help.
Their (latest) opensource announcement was done 2 months ago. The 
openchrome team had a 2 hours chat with some VIA representative one 
month ago. As of today, their new linux portal still only offer distro 
specific binaries, no source, no documentation. openchrome team sent 
them a lengthy mail 2 days ago, the answer was a one liner saying they 
are still "collecting the idea inside the VIA Linux group" and they 
still don't know what they "can do for the first step".

If anyone has better contact and is able to provide docs, the openchrome 
team is indeed very interested.


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