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VIA in strategic open source development initiative

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VIA Technologies used the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit being held in Texas today to announce a new initiative to improve support for the Open Source development community.

As the first step in this initiative, VIA will open its official VIA Linux website this month. The site will initially host drivers, technical documentation, source code, and information regarding the VIA CN700, CX700/M, CN896 and the new VIA VX800 chipsets, with plans to add official forums and support for more products later on in the year.
Over the following months, VIA will work with the community to enable 2D, 3D and video playback acceleration to ensure the best possible Open Source experience on VIA Processor Platforms.
To further improve cooperation with the community, VIA will also adhere to a regular quarterly release schedule that is aligned with kernel changes and release of major Linux distributions. In addition, beta releases will be issued on the site as needed, and a bug report and tracking feature will also be integrated.
“This announcement is the first step in the implementation of our new initiative to better serve the needs of the Open Source community,” says Richard Brown, vice-president of corporate marketing at VIA Technologies. “We are strongly committed to improving the levels of collaboration with the community and adopting a more consistent approach across VIA Processor Platform technologies."
Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation, adds: “We are delighted that VIA has announced its commitment to enhance support for the Linux and Open Source community. This action will open up exciting new opportunities for accelerating open source innovation around VIA platforms and ultimately delivering a better user experience.”