why did they release a new driver and not improve upon openchrome (imho, the best out of the via binary driver, the previous via open source driver, unichrome, & openchrome). openchrome is a fork of unichrome which was a fork of the previous via open source driver, so it's not like the code is totally foreign to via.
hopefully harald told via "the first thing you need to know about free & open source software, after making the development process transparent, is building a community". but you don't build a community by apparently ignoring existing attempts to support your hardware (openchrome & unichrome).
maybe they extended an invitation to the openchrome developers, but if so, then i haven't heard about it (while loosely following openchrome development).