Write to NVIDIA
Posted Oct 17, 2006 4:22 UTC (Tue) by bignose
In reply to: Write to NVIDIA
Parent article: Local root exploit in NVidia driver
> I would hate to see an end to nvidia's drivers, as they are currently the
> best video drivers available for linux at any price.
I hate to see all that good knowledge locked up inside a proprietary driver, and want an end to their proprietary nature.
> I'd love it if there was any OSS driver that could match the nvidia
> performance, but it's just not the case at present.
I'd love it if any proprietary driver was independently auditable and openly documented like *all* free software drivers. But that's just not the case.
> Let's at least admit that these nvidia people do know a thing or two
> about graphics programming.
I freely admit that nvidia people know a thing or two about graphics programming. I don't see any necessary connection with "knowing a thing or two about graphics programming" and "unable to release information needed for free software dirvers".
> And let's not kid ourselves, we've seen vulnerability reports every week
> for various open source programs, libraries and drivers.
That's a good thing, because those vulnerabilities are revealed very soon after they're discovered. Security vulnerabilities in non-free software are treated as a PR problem, and are covered up for as long as the holder can get away with it.
> the fact that it's already fixed
How can we know it's fixed at all? The only people who can say anything about that have a direct interest in not letting anyone know of any problems.
A free-software driver can be independently verified when it gets fixed, by people who have a direct interest in finding remaining problems. Not so for non-free drivers.
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