VIA Releases Linux Driver Source Packages

Freely available driver source code eases the development of tailor-made applications for the latest Linux distributions

Taipei, Taiwan, 12 April 2005 – VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the extension of its open source support with the release of driver source codes for specific VIA hardware.

Of particular interest to the growing number of Linux enthusiasts and customers utilizing VIA EPIA mainboards, is the source for the S3 Graphics UniC family display driver for version 2.6.x kernels. The UniC family display driver supports the VIA CLE266 and the new VIA CN400 Digital Media chipsets featured on the popular VIA EPIA M series and VIA EPIA SP series mainboards respectively, and will provide developers with the flexibility to autonomously incorporate support for latest applications based on VIA hardware.

“With this approach to driver support we are broadening our contribution to the open source community, bringing a valuable software element to our total silicon platforms,” commented Steve Charng, Head of Software Development, VIA Technologies, Inc. “By making these source codes freely available, VIA is expanding our software focus and enabling tailor-made solutions for the latest Linux distributions.”

On top of the UniC drivers, VIA also offers display driver sources for the VIA ProSavage and ProSavage DDR integrated graphics controllers as well as the integrated Network driver source supporting six VIA Chipset South Bridges.

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