On Sun, 12 Jun 2005, Matt Sealey wrote:
> Someone explain to me why an organised boycott of SiS graphics chips
> would somehow ENCOURAGE them to help?
If all other things have been tried why not ?
At least the boycott also makes sure that people who follow it don't have
hardware we can't write drivers for.
PS Is ODW fanless ? Just curious..
> Reducing their sales means they have a vat of new excuses for not
> supporting you.
> Matt Sealey <matt@...>
> Manager, Genesi, Developer Relations
>> -----Original Message-----
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>> Sent: Monday, July 11, 2005 11:54 AM
>> To: Dri-devel@...
>> Cc: benjamin@...
>> Subject: Re: need help writing driver for SiS m650
>> I'm rather interested in starting a project to reverse
>> engineer these blasted chips, but I'm somewhat more inclined
>> to start a boycott of them instead.
>> For reverse engineering, I *think* the DLL has an EULA that
>> doesn't let you do any sort of peeking into it, so for legal
>> reasons, we might not be able to go that way. If anyone has
>> more insight into that, it would be welcomed.
>> If there is no easier option, then I was considering just
>> making a FreeDOS-based system and hitting the hardware
>> directly. I used to do that with old video chips, long long
>> ago when I programmed for DOS in Pascal...
>>> Hey Benjamin,
>>> I have one of these myself and I have tried looking up on reverse
>>> engineering the windows xp driver. However I have found it
>> very hard
>>> to do so. The driver dll is stripped of all opengl function
>>> and exports only symbols necessary to comply with the ICD
>>> OpenGL drivers on windows are written accordingly to the ICD
>>> architecture, which has no open documentation out there.
>> After hearing
>>> with microsoft a license for a ICD development kit costs
>> 5000 dollars,
>>> and one must have a valid need for it!
>>> Do have any plans on making an effort reversing the SiS315?
>>> On Mon, Jul 11, 2005 at 12:14:55PM -0400,
>> benjamin@... wrote:
>>>> I've found myself in the unfortunate ownership of many of these
>>>> pitiful SiS315-based cards and boards with onboard SiS
>> video. I may
>>>> be interested in reverse-engineering, as I rather like
>> that sort of
>>>> tedious work.
>>>> however, after seeing as much as I have seen from these
>>>> companies, I think an organized boycott of SiS would be more
>>>> effective for getting our hands on specs, or even a closed-source
>>>> their chipset quality is already extremely lacking, and they will
>>>> have a really hard time beating VIA on, well,
>> anything...and VIA is
>>>> starting to release their stuff open-source! SiS doesn't
>> have much to bargain with.
>>>> I will help how I can...
>>>> -Benjamin Vander Jagt
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