Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on August 08, 2005 02:30 AM
I agree. I bought a mobo last year that had a VIA chipset with integrated video (Unichrome), and I would be a lot happier with it if it just had drivers that worked properly, it was however the only one that had all the features I wanted in my price range. I ended up using a cheap PCI Nvidia card for the video which I bought for an older machine and that works a lot better and unlike the Unichrome has drivers which don't exhibit any obvious bugs. Although trying the drivers on a laptop I recently installed linux on, the Unichrome drivers have improved and the bugs are just slightly annoying but I can live with them. Just to make it clear, I do appreciate the work that has been done by the developers working on the Unichrome drivers, but just wish VIA had done the work themselves to provide decent drivers for hardware they have made.
To sum up, I have no intention of buying any more VIA hardware, until the situation with the quality of their drivers improves and they make more of an effort to help and work with people that want to improve their opensource drivers.