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VIA Releases 800 Pages of Documentation For Linux

billybob2 Re:Unichrome Pro support (131 comments)

Even with the released documentation, we also need a good leader like Harald Welte to bring together the OpenChrome and UniChrome developers to work on the same codebase. Right now the split effort is really wasteful.

about 6 years ago

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CoreBoot (LinuxBIOS) can boot Windows 7 Beta

billybob2 billybob2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

billybob2 (755512) writes "CoreBoot (formerly LinuxBIOS), the free and open source BIOS replacement, can now boot Windows 7 Beta. Videos and screenshots of this demonstration, which was performed on an ASUS M2V-MX SE motherboard equipped with a 2GHz AMD Sempron CPU, can be viewed on the CoreBoot website. AMD engineers have also been submitting code to allow CoreBoot to run on the company's latest chipsets, such as the RS690 and 780G."
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VIA releases 2D and 3D graphics documentation

billybob2 billybob2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

billybob2 (755512) writes "VIA has released 450 pages of register descriptions covering the 2D and 3D functionality of its VX800/820 and CX700M/VX700 chipsets. Some members of the OpenChrome project have also been granted access to additional manuals under Non-Disclosure Agreements, enabling them to work on a set of goals including multi-monitor hotplug support and TV output. The OpenGraphics project hopes to integrate all the functionality found in VIA's recently open sourced driver. Licensing issues with the MPEG-LA are currently preventing advancement in iDCT/Motion Compensation and MPEG-4 acceleration, but it has been suggested that this obstacle be bypassed by accelerating patent-free video codecs such as Dirac and Ogg Theora."
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Lenovo removes Linux option for home buyers

billybob2 billybob2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

billybob2 (755512) writes "Lenovo has stopped selling laptops pre-installed with Linux on its web site, only 8 months after starting the trial program. This means that home customers won't be able to buy a Thinkpad without paying the Microsoft tax. Word has it that the decision to pull the plug on Linux came down from the highest levels of the Chinese company's corporate headquarters. For those looking to buy full-sized laptops and desktops with Linux pre-loaded Dell, System76, ZaReason and Everex all still offer such products."
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VIA releases 113,800-line FOSS graphics driver

billybob2 billybob2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

billybob2 (755512) writes "VIA has released a 113,800 line-long open source graphics driver with full mode-setting support for CRT, LCD and DVI devices along with 2D, X-Video and cursor acceleration. Harald Welte, VIA's open source representative, states that the next step is to add 3D (see preview), TV-out and hardware codec support while integrating this work with existing open source projects. VIA has pre-installed Linux on a significant portion of the company's latest products, including the EVEREX gPC2, 15.4" gBook, and CloudBook. It has also helped port the open source CoreBoot BIOS (previously LinuxBIOS) to several of its motherboards."
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VIA releases 800 pages of documentation for Linux

billybob2 billybob2 writes  |  about 6 years ago

billybob2 (755512) writes "VIA has 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 GPL-Violations.org founder Harald Welte to be VIA's liason to the Open Source community."
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VIA releases 16,434-line FOSS framebuffer driver

billybob2 billybob2 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

billybob2 (755512) writes "VIA has released 16,434 Lines Of Free & Open Source code that enables Linux to natively use the framebuffer on VIA's graphics chipsets. This comes a month after VIA announced that it will provide Open-Source drivers and documentation on its website so that its hardware will work out of the box with Linux distributions. This gives VIA-powered systems that come pre-installed with Linux, such as the gPC, 15.4" gBook, CloudBook and Zonbu the ability to output graphics through digital connections such as HDMI and possibly making them the best-supported framebuffers Linux has ever had. Look forward to documentation and X.org drivers from VIA as well in the near future."
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A Sneak Peak Screenshot Review of KDE 4.1

billybob2 billybob2 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

billybob2 (755512) writes "PolishLinux.org has a sneak peak screenshot review and commentary of an early snapshot of KDE 4.1, scheduled for release on July 29th. Highlights in this version of the Free & Open Source KDE desktop environment include tab support in the Dolphin file manager, a GStreamer backend to the Phonon audio system, wobbly windows in KWin, and KDE4 ports of System Information Center and the K3B CD/DVD burning utility."
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Screenshot Review of the latest Amarok features

billybob2 billybob2 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

KDE News writes "Amarok Insider provides a screenshot review of the latest improvements to the Free/Open Source Amarok music player. Highlights include fully vectorized artwork to prevent image pixelation when scaling, a customizable main toolbar for quick playback control, and a Plasma-powered context view showing downloaded Track/Album information such as lyrics and artist names. Amarok also allows users to listen to radio stations using their Last.fm personal accounts and to browse music catalogs from Magnatune that are purchasable from within the application. Thanks to the Qt's cross-platform Phonon framework, Amarok can now run and play music on Linux, *BSD, Windows, and Mac OS X."
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KDE 4: Improved stability and performance

billybob2 billybob2 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

billybob2 (755512) writes "PolishLinux.org has an extensive screenshot review and commentary on the development version of the Free and Open Source KDE desktop. Highlights include the ability to run any desktop applet prepared for Mac OS X inside Plasma, on-the-fly annotation and rating of files from within the Dolphin file manager, improved GUI for the Amarok music player, flexible 3D eye candy configuration in KWin, and improved support for accessing digital cameras via the Solid hardware layer and the DigiKam photo manager."
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KDE announces videos and music for all platforms

billybob2 billybob2 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Peter (755512) writes "Trolltech has released GStreamer, DirectShow 9, and QuickTime 7 backends to KDE's Phonon multimedia framework. This will enable KDE 4 and Qt 4 applications to play videos and music on all major platforms (Linux, *BSD, Windows and Mac OS X) through the exact same high-level API, thus eliminating the hassle of porting the applications to individual operating systems. The new backends are released as Free and Open Source Software under LGPL versions 2 and 3. The code has been deposited in KDE's SVN server and will be maintained there by Trolltech."
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KDE and KOffice rebuke OOXML; GNOME dithers

billybob2 billybob2 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Peter (755512) writes "Free Software Foundation president Richard Stallman and ITWire have praised KDE and KOffice developers for taking a principled stand against OOXML, while raising serious concerns about the GNOME Foundation's decision to give credibility to Microsoft's broken format. This comes on the heels of GNOME co-founder Miguel de Icaza's depiction of OOXML as a 'superb standard', and GNOME Foundation director Quim Gil's stonewalling of the patent-free Ogg Vorbis / Theora format on behalf of Nokia. Have GNOME's leaders completely sold out their free software credentials to corporate and anti-consumer interests? And will the GNOME Foundation's indifferent response to Richard Stallman's appeal drive him to throw his weight behind KDE?"

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