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Non-free drivers

Non-free drivers

Posted Jan 28, 2011 4:14 UTC (Fri) by BenHutchings (subscriber, #37955)
In reply to: Non-free drivers by trasz
Parent article: The real BKL end game

FreeBSD doesn't even have a stable ABI between kernel and userland! Solaris, on the other hand, has obsessive API and ABI compatibility, but strangely enough it doesn't make life easy for driver developers.

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Non-free drivers

Posted Jan 28, 2011 9:43 UTC (Fri) by trasz (guest, #45786) [Link]

Of course FreeBSD does have a stable syscall ABI. It's not uncommon to run FreeBSD 6 jails on FreeBSD 8 kernel, for example. The only exception here is KVM, which means several administrative tools, such as ipcs(1) or netstat(1), need to match the kernel version.

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