Linked by Rahul on Sun 2nd Nov 2008 19:24 UTC
Linux Greg Kroah-Hartman is a longtime developer of the Linux kernel, known for his work maintaining USB drivers. O'Reilly Media recently interviewed Greg about his claim that the Linux kernel now supports more devices than any other operating system ever has, as well as why binary-only drivers are illegal, and how the kernel development process works. "I went and asked every single hardware manufacturer, the big guys that ship the boxes, Dell, IBM, HP--what do you ship that isn't supported by Linux? They came back with nothing. Everything is supported by Linux. If you have a device that isn't supported by Linux that's being shipped today, let me know.". If you would like to take up Greg KH on his claim, his email address is greg AT
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Has nothing to do with Apple. In fact it's an open standard called OpenFirmware. See

Problem for user is: It's not massmarket, considered "professional" and therefore expensive.

Theoretically one could plug in f.e. a Sun Graphics-Card instead of the orginal Apple. Practically it possibly won't work because of physically different slots (S-Bus/PCI), electrically different slots, and optionally different signaloutputs. I mean, of what use would a 13W3plug be instead of VGA or DVI? ;-) Even if, it would only be good for the "console", as soon as Graphics kick in the need for a OS-X-Driver arises.

Another option would be to simply flash the Bios of a PC-Card with the Bios of an Apple-Card, given one had the Bios which a friend would dump into a file. This works if the cards are really identical and do not divert from the "reference design", Chip/Ramclock, and so on. But this is deep "Overclocking Territory" and of no use to someone who doesn't want to deal with stuff like that in 2008 anymore :-)
Which is understandable, but i have to shrug my shoulders then. Either pay in money, or in time by fiddling with stuff :-)

Edit: While thinking about it. With Linux or some BSD i could at least plug in some Sun PCI-Framebuffer as addition, and have it working under X-Org.

Edited 2008-11-03 14:12 UTC

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hobgoblin Member since:

for all intents and purposes, it's special...

i ant think of anyone but apple that used openfirmware in products aimed at consumers...

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