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VIA's Open Source initiative, just a fake?

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It seems that VIA still didn't unterstand the philosophy of open source or lets say it looks like that they just used it as an marketing instrument (just take a look at the world wide news coverage after they made their Linux drivers open source). Yesterday i got a mail from the unichrome mailing list, that says:

The license in the newly released (11th March) source code has reverted to the old proprietary license

Well, due to the fact that the original VIA Linux drivers for CLE266 and CN400 had a really poor performance, it's not a big step back. Regarding the marketing and promotion effect this is a pure catastrophe!

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The license in the newly released (11th March) source code has reverted to the old proprietary license:

  • This PROPRIETARY SOURCE CODE contains proprietary information of both S3 Graphics, Inc. (S3G) & VIA Technologies, Inc. (VIA)

  • Contents of this file shall not be disclosed to any 3rd party, copied or duplicated in any form, in whole or in part without prior written consent of S3G & VIA.

As Ivor Hewitt of the Unichrome Open Source project posted in the VIAarena forums, it appears that VIA have accidentally removed all of the license headers from the DRM code and replaced it with VIA copyright notices.

Source.

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