Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st Feb 2007 14:41 UTC, submitted by Oliver
FreeBSD "Linux has a large amount of device drivers for hardware not supported on FreeBSD, especially USB devices. Not rarely, such drivers have been written based on information derived by protocol sniffing, reverse engineering and the like. This makes the code highly undocumented, and renders the porting effort extremely error prone. To help with this task, I decided to start working on an emulation layer that would let us recompile the linux source code on FreeBSD, and provide a sufficiently complete emulation of the kernel APIs so that device drivers (or at least certain classes) could be used without modifications to their source code."
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Stuff like this always makes me smile!
by SReilly on Thu 1st Feb 2007 22:06 UTC
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2006-12-28

Frankly I hope this works. The ability for OSS projects to share code, either in source or binary form, can only help both sides.

Linux is already very lucky to have been able to us OpenSSH (you OpenBSD guys kick ass) among many other projects to improve their software stack so I'm sure many Linux hackers would be more than happy for their code to be helpful in exchange.

As somebody once said, every little helps.

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