i've never really had any issues with via. they make good stuff for incredibly cheap. of course you can't expect anything very high-end from them but if you're looking for middle-low end hardware i think its a great idea to use them. i'm working for ibm and i've noticed that there are a few cash registers that ibm makes that use via processors. i really hope via starts developing more towards x86 so they can give people more options. we can have intel for high end products, amd for middle end products, and via for low end. unfortunately, most people aren't going to be intelligent enough to figure out thats how the companies operate and i'm sure this won't happen any time soon. as a linux user, i wish other architectures would get more popular since i find x86 to become obsolete. 64 bit PPC and even SPARC (if it was kept up to date more often) are far superior to the capabilities of x86. i agree with via's strategy of sticking with arm for most of their products, because even arm has its advantages over x86.