September 8, 2009

VIA Technologies, Inc. Joins Linux Foundation

via.gifThe Linux Foundation today announced that VIA Technologies, Inc. has become its newest member.

VIA offers highly integrated low power x86 processor platforms that are being adopted in a wide range of netbooks, notebooks, desktops, servers, and embedded devices from leading brand names such as Dell, HP and Lenovo.

VIA is among a growing number of processor platform vendors that recognize the importance of working with the Linux community. By collaborating at the technical and business levels, VIA can ensure its hardware and the technology of its partners are supported in the Linux kernel releases. The company opened its specifications and code and began to adhere to a quarterly release schedule more than a year ago. This move allows open source developers to easily support VIA’s components.

“VIA shares the Linux Foundation’s goal of fostering the growth of the
Linux ecosystem,” said Richard Brown, vice president of marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “We are seeing new momentum for Linux, particularly in the mobile space, and are excited about the potential of Linux in this segment and are investing considerable resources in supporting developments in this area.”

VIA continues to work closely with the Linux community to ensure compatibility with its processor platforms by providing drivers, key documentation and source code. For access this information, please visit the VIA Linux Portal.

“VIA is among an important group of companies that are working with the Linux community to help create a whole new class of computing devices,” said Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer programs. “VIA’s membership represents an acknowledgement that we’re seeing industry-wide: Linux is fueling the future of the PC industry. We’re excited to work with them on that future.”

VIA Technologies Inc. will attend the first ever LinuxCon, organized by the Linux Foundation and sponsored by Dell, HP, IBM, Intel, Novell and Qualcomm. LinuxCon is taking place September 21-23, 2009 in Portland, Oregon. To register, please visit our registration page.

As a new member, VIA Technologies, Inc. will also attend the invitation-only Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit in April 2010.

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