ATI drivers for FreeBSD - anything?

Maxime Henrion mux at
Mon Nov 21 15:06:08 GMT 2005

Albert Vest wrote:
> On Sat, 19 Nov 2005 01:58:25 +0200 (EET)
> Vladimir Kushnir <vkushnir at> wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > Is there any project on FreeBSD wrapper for ATI Linux drivers (like 
> > nVidia's used to be)? If so - I'd be more than happy to test (sorry I can 
> > hardly write it myself).
> > 
> > Regards,
> > Vladimir
> I too would welcome this, mainly for ATI sound but also for video.
> I see the x11/nvidia-driver port can still be built with LINUX compatibility turned on; maybe if we "make extract" with LINUX=yes, the source code will contain some hints to how it can be done?

The Linux compatibility in the nvidia-driver has nothing to do with a
wrapper to run Linux drivers; nVidia releases a build of this driver for
FreeBSD.  The Linux compatibility option is here to install nVidia's
Linux OpenGL libraries so that Linux binaries can run with FreeBSD's
driver.  This is possible because nVidia's OpenGL libraries communicate
with the driver by using /dev/nvidia and the FreeBSD driver offers the
same interface.  In short, there is no easy way to use the ATI drivers
for Linux under FreeBSD.


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