FreeBSD Kernel Internals Documentation

Mario Lobo lobo at
Mon Jan 2 22:36:33 UTC 2012

On Monday 02 January 2012 18:42:44 Nikola Pavlović wrote:
> On Sat, Dec 31, 2011 at 03:32:17PM -0500, David Jackson wrote:

[troll snipper]

> > ..... perhaps could be a porting of the IOKit
> > driver system from Darwin, perhaps even allowing Darwin drivers to be
> > used on FreeBSD. All of this can go into a kernel module so that if all
> > one uses is native FreeBSD drivers made for FreeBSDs normal driver API,
> > they won't need to load this subsystem.
> You see, you could have just proposed this in the first place instead of
> provoking a flame fest, ranting about, mostly imagined, lack of
> documentation, GUI configuration tools and giving condescending lectures
> on programmer productivity.  Oh well...

Right on, Nikola !

But David's paragraph I left in is a "real dream" for me. It is basicaly 
what's keeping me from using FBSD as my audio workstation.

I have an Echo Gina3D card there is simply no FBSD driver for it. But there 
are Mac drivers from Echo!.

I even too a shot at downloading the framework/API from Echo (windows :( )
but it is just way above me.

A colegue from Japan had written a driver for an old Echo Gina 20 bit which I 
managed to compile and load (believe it or not) but it was for FBSD 5. I tried 
to compile it on my FBSD 8 STABLE but it issues too much errors that (again) 
is beyond my capacity.

But I'm a stubborn one, so I'll try to keep learning from my mistakes. Maybe 
one day a new driver for FBSD will be born.

Mario Lobo
FreeBSD since 2.2.8 [not Pro-Audio.... YET!!] (99% winblows FREE)

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