mac driver moded to run on linux

Discussion in 'macOS' started by alexp195, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. alexp195 macrumors newbie

    Dec 16, 2010
    can a driver built for a mac be modified to run on linux.
    the premise for my idea stems from the fact that they are both unix environments.
    thanks in advance for any replies.
  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    A rare few can, but it takes a massive amount of work and isn't really worth it.
  3. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    Driver for what?
  4. larkost macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2007
    The basic problem is that while both are unix-like environments (MacOS X actually has the certification as an official Unix environment... but that is not really much of a point), the driver model is not part of that specification (some of what they expose is, but that is relatively little of the driver).

    linux and MacOS X are actually not that similar when you get down in the kenel regions. There are some places where they share code, or similar code, but most of the driver space is different. There was a real push a while ago to get FreeBSD lined up more with how MacOS X did things, but I have not paid much attention to that in a long time.

    Regardless, you would have to have the source code for all of it, and the driver would have to be for something more generic like a network driver. Anything approaching a video card driver would probably be too far off.

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