Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Sep 2013 22:45 UTC, submitted by ddc_
3D News, GL, DirectX

Few companies have been the target of as much criticism in the Linux community as Nvidia. Linus Torvalds himself last year called Nvidia the "single worst company" Linux developers have ever worked with, giving the company his middle finger in a public talk.

Nvidia is now trying to get on Linux developers' good side. Yesterday, Nvidia's Andy Ritger e-mailed developers of Nouveau, an open source driver for Nvidia cards that is built by reverse engineering Nvidia's proprietary drivers. Ritger wrote that "NVIDIA is releasing public documentation on certain aspects of our GPUs, with the intent to address areas that impact the out-of-the-box usability of NVIDIA GPUs with Nouveau. We intend to provide more documentation over time, and guidance in additional areas as we are able."

It wouldn't surprise me if this is related to the SteamOS announcement.

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RE[4]: Comment by aqd-
by SeeM on Wed 25th Sep 2013 18:03 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by aqd-"
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It's sort of really the watchdog model. You can try to hide exploitative gems in your code, but if anybody on the net is free to read it and you get as much exposure as the Nouveau project does, it's extremely difficult to hide them both from your fellow project co-developers or from the public (e.g. the occasional curious guy poking around in your code due to hunting a bug they tripped over).


Then package maintainer for your distribution may have a bad day or just be a dick. There's maybe 2-3 people who are checking distro specific patches in testing repo and 2000 who are updating from it without much care. If the maintainer would like to insert malware to update repo, he has a good chance to succeed. No to mention Ubuntu PPA or other unofficial repos.

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