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SubjectVIA Framebuffer - who's interested?
Dear All,

I am trying to track down people who are knowledgeable about
framebuffer drivers for the VIA integrated graphics chips, as typically
used on mini-ITX boards, especially the CN700.

As I understand it, VIA have provided source for kernel framebuffer
drivers; these have not been suitable for mainline inclusion but it's a
lot better than nothing. Various other drivers have also appeared, in
particular there is one in the DirectFB project's repo and there was
one written by Dave Boucher and hosted at his website, I think that these were both based only on reading
the VIA driver source; there's no other documentation. I used Dave's
driver very satisfactorily with a CLE266-based nano-ITX board.

The problem is that Dave's driver doesn't seem to work with my newer
CN700-based board, and Dave and his website seem to have fallen off the
net. The official driver from VIA does work with this board, but it
lacks some features that Dave's had.

So, I'm posting this in the hope that perhaps some reader has an idea
what has happened to Dave Boucher and his driver, or can perhaps direct
me to some other resources.

These mini-ITX boards are popular for things like MythTV - I use mine
to drive a digital picture frame - but I worry that this is being done
on a flimsy foundation. As well as being unable to contact Dave, I
have also had difficulty making contact with the people responsible for
the X and DirectFB drivers for these chips. Co-incidence, or
consiparacy :-) ?

Thanks for any suggestions,


(You're welcome to Cc: me in any replies.)

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