Anyone working on V4L2 for BSD?

John-Mark Gurney gurney_j at
Wed Apr 13 10:15:05 PDT 2005

Alexander Leidinger wrote this message on Wed, Apr 13, 2005 at 14:31 +0200:
> Julian Elischer <julian at> wrote:
> >I'm considerring it.. It looks quite doable. (assuming we can get 
> >compatible include files
> >without copyright problems.)
> >
> >For compatibility we'd probably want to keep all the V4L prefixes etc.
> >
> >Is anyone else playing with this?
> There was a discussion about something like this a while ago... a, I see you
> participated in it too:

Yes, I did...  and unless V4L2 managed to change a lot..  It's API is
still years behind what we should have...  The reason I haven't said
anything is that I didn't want to attempt to derail any work that someone
might be doing..  Yes, V4L2 is not a very good api, but as others have
pointed out, it makes portability easier...  Plus, I haven't spent any
time on VideoBSD recently, since I've gotten sidetracked by other
projects...  (Though if I can get ATI to give me specs for their HDTV
PCI card, I might spend some more time on it...)

So, if you just want Linux compatiblity, go for it...  If you want a
real usable video API, then send me comments and look at the VideoBSD
stuff I have done...

  John-Mark Gurney				Voice: +1 415 225 5579

     "All that I will do, has been done, All that I have, has not."

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