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[5]: Comment by aqd-
by ddc_ on Wed 25th Sep 2013 20:36 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by aqd-"
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Actually, Nouveau is a collaboration project by multiple volunteers, who review each others work. That means that it is extremely unlikely to successfully plant a Ken Thompson Bug into Nouveau without engaging most of the contributors into conspiracy. Quite unlikely for the project where collaborators don't know each other in person.

Even then quite likely there are some lurkers on source changes mailing list, who provide additional (albeit ineffective) mean of review.

Indeed, open source software with wider audience is really hard to subvert.

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