|| ||Pat Meier-Johnson <patmeier-AT-patmeier.com>|
|| ||VIA Launches Open Source Driver Development Portal|
|| ||Wed, 30 Apr 2008 06:00:13 -0400 (EDT)|
April 30, 2008
VIA Launches Open Source Driver Development Portal
VIA Linux Portal to offer drivers, technical
documentation and source code for popular Linux distributions such as Ubuntu
Taipei, Taiwan, 30 April 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power
processor platforms, today announced the launch of a beta version
of the VIA Linux Portal as part of an initiative designed to extend
collaboration with the Open Source community.
The VIA Linux Portal will initially offer graphics
drivers for the VIA CN896 digital media IGP chipset for the new Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
distribution. Documentation and source code for these drivers will be released
over the coming weeks, with official forums and bug tracking scheduled for
implementation later this year. The VIA Linux Portal will also adhere to a
regular release schedule that is aligned with kernel changes and the release of
major Linux distributions.
Sponsored by Canonical Ltd., Ubuntu is released every six
months, with Ubuntu 8.04 LTS the latest release in what has been consistently
rated among the most popular of the many GNU/Linux distributions in the PC
"We welcome the steps being taken by VIA to improve its
support to the Open Source community," said Chris Kenyon, Director of Business
Development at Canonical. "We look forward to working with VIA to ensure these
drivers get built into Ubuntu by default and that Ubuntu developers and users
enjoy a great experience when using VIA platforms."
"VIA is excited to be taking a more active role within
the open source ecosystem," said Richard Brown,
Vice President of Corporate Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "Opening the VIA
Linux Portal is an important step in our long term open source initiative and
offering support for Ubuntu, one of the most widely known of the Linux
distributions, is an ideal place to start."
The beta version of the VIA Linux Portal is located at http://linux.via.com.tw
offers driver files for Ubuntu 8.04 LTS and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10
Service Pack 1 for the VIA CN896 chipset with two south bridge options.
About VIA Technologies, Inc.
Technologies, Inc is the foremost fabless supplier of power efficient x86
processor platforms that are driving system innovation in the PC, client, ultra
mobile and embedded markets. Combining energy-saving processors with digital
media chipsets and advanced connectivity, multimedia and networking silicon
enables a broad spectrum of computing and communication platforms, including
its widely acclaimed ultra compact mainboards. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan,
VIA's global network links the high tech centers of the US, Europe and Asia,
and its customer base includes the world's top OEMs and system integrators. www.via.com.tw
Note to reporters, editors and writers: VIA is written in
The names of actual
companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their
to post comments)