FreeBSD vs Linux

Ted Mittelstaedt tedm at
Fri Jan 20 21:59:12 PST 2006

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Danial Thom [mailto:danial_thom at]
>Sent: Friday, January 20, 2006 12:36 PM
>To: Ted Mittelstaedt; Dick Davies; freebsd-questions at
>Subject: RE: FreeBSD vs Linux
>More rambling, useless points from Ted. Whether
>its written from scratch or not is irrelevant.
>The point is that in order to produce a windows
>driver you have to buy the dev kit,

Danial, do your homework next time.  This isn't true.  See the following:

The cost of the Microsoft DDK is for shipping and handling
only.  (about $15)  You don't have to buy it.  Of course it
works best with the MS C tools.

People have also written Kernel Mode Drivers under the
Windows Driver Model using gcc, see the following:

There's also 3rd parties like the following:

who produce software that they claim will create drivers
without the DDK

>and MS
>doesn't pay them to do it.

My point was that if you actually spend some serious coin on
some decent hardware instead of the dumpster diving you
seem to be recommending, Danial, that you won't find that
many problems getting drivers for UNIX systems.


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