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Linux Drivers For Mac


I have a USB device that I use on a daily bases and it Linux and Windows drivers. I would like to use this device in Mac OS X (meaning not through a VM). Is it possible? Note that the drivers appear to contain source.




Linux Drivers For Mac



Many years ago, there was a project for device drivers to be portable across platforms. It was called Project UDI. The theory was to have a Device Driver Environment in your kernel. The APIs would be consistent across all OSes. Device drivers were source code compatible everywhere, and binary compatible (what you would like) across machines with the same ABI (x86, AMD64, etc). There was a port I remember for Darwin, but I think it was much more theoretical on MacOSX than anything.


The environment worked technically (it actually shipped as the native Device Driver Interface for UnixWare, with the old DDI a compatibility layer on top of UDI) but flopped for human/political reasons. Having SCO/Caldera as the main push for the project didn't help much. For an OS with good driver support (say, Solaris, Windows) having those drivers is an advantage over kernels that don't, so the only support would come by definition from OSes that didn't have drivers, and not a lot of influence. Stallman didn't like it much either - binary compatibility would make it less likely (he posited) to ship source for drivers.


That said, there seems to have been an open source effort to compile Linux Intel drivers for Mac OS X as seen here. But note that the versions of Mac OS X referred to are Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5; nothing more modern.


Now, if you try binary drivers that would be like -- pardon my 'car' comparisons -- getting some materials for a car seat (according to specs for brand A) and trying to build (compile) the car seat for brand B. If the two car brands are compatible in area of car seats, than you would probably make it and it might actually work. But if you try to build race car seat from materials for 20 year old car, you're gonna have a rough ride, if not crash and injure yourself.


If you were to try to mix and match binary files (because that is what kernel extensions, modules and drivers are) it would not work because they are not compatible with the kernel and in some cases the processor that needs to execute the code. This compatibility with the kernel is where we arrive at the ABI and API part: those interfaces are like gas, water and electrical connections. Let's say Windows is gas, Linux is electricity and OS X is water. If you were to try and plug in a Linux electrical plug in to OS X's water faucet, you will not get anything to work. Water doesn't flow trough an electrical plug, and an electrical plug doesn't get any electricity from water.


If you were to try to load a linux driver (which is called a kernel module) in to the OS X kernel, by using kextload from a command line on OS X, it would simply tell you that it doesn't know what to do with the file you supplied. There is no forcing there, it simply cannot do anything with that file, just like you cannot force a light bulb to work from your water tap at home.


Virtual COM port (VCP) drivers cause the USB device to appear as an additional COM port available to the PC. Application software can access the USB device in the This page contains the VCP drivers currently available for FTDI devices.


Virtual COM port (VCP) drivers cause the USB device to appear as an additional COM port available to the PC. Application software can access the USB device in the same way as it would access a standard COM port.


The CP210x USB to UART Bridge Virtual COM Port (VCP) drivers are required for device operation as a Virtual COM Port to facilitate host communication with CP210x products. These devices can also interface to a host using the direct access driver.


Amazon Redshift provides 64-bit ODBC drivers for Linux, Windows, and macOS X operating systems. The 32-bit ODBC drivers are discontinued. Further updates will not be released, except for urgent security patches.


Use the following procedure to download the Amazon Redshift ODBC drivers for Windows operating systems. Only use a driver other than these if you're running a third-party application that is certified for use with Amazon Redshift and that requires a specific driver.


Use the steps in this section to download and install the Amazon Redshift ODBC drivers on a supported Linux distribution. The installation process installs the driver files in the following directories:


When you have finished installing the drivers, configure them for use on your system. For more information on driver configuration, see Use an ODBC driver manager to configure the driver on Linux and macOS X operating systems.


On Linux and macOS X operating systems, you use an ODBC driver manager to configure the ODBC connection settings. ODBC driver managers use configuration files to define and configure ODBC data sources and drivers. The ODBC driver manager that you use depends on the operating system that you use:


For more information about the supported ODBC driver managers to configure the Amazon Redshift ODBC drivers, see System requirements for Linux operating systems and System requirements for macOS X operating systems. Also, see "Specifying ODBC Driver Managers on Non- Windows Machines" in the Amazon Redshift ODBC connector installation and configuration guide.


The following instructions assume a clean environment and show how to install PHP 8.1, the Microsoft ODBC driver, the Apache web server, and the Microsoft Drivers for PHP for SQL Server on Ubuntu, Red Hat, Debian, Suse, Alpine, and macOS. These instructions advise installing the drivers using PECL, but you can also download the prebuilt binaries from the Microsoft Drivers for PHP for SQL Server GitHub project page and install them following the instructions in Loading the Microsoft Drivers for PHP for SQL Server. For an explanation of extension loading and why we do not add the extensions to php.ini, see the section on loading the drivers.


The following instructions install PHP 8.1 by default using pecl install, if the PHP 8.1 packages are available. You may need to run pecl channel-update pecl.php.net first. Some supported Linux distros default to PHP 7.1 or earlier, which is not supported for the latest version of the PHP drivers for SQL Server. See the notes at the beginning of each section to install PHP 7.4 or 8.0 instead.


While these instructions contain commands to install both SQLSRV and PDO_SQLSRV drivers, the drivers can be installed and function independently. Users comfortable with customizing their configuration can adjust these instructions to be specific to SQLSRV or PDO_SQLSRV. Both drivers have the same dependencies except where noted below.


Install the ODBC driver for Ubuntu by following the instructions on the Install the Microsoft ODBC driver for SQL Server (Linux). Make sure to also install the unixodbc-dev package. It's used by the pecl command to install the PHP drivers.


Install the ODBC driver for Red Hat 7 or 8 by following the instructions on the Install the Microsoft ODBC driver for SQL Server (Linux). Make sure to also install the unixodbc-dev package. It's used by the pecl command to install the PHP drivers.


Install the ODBC driver for Debian by following the instructions on the Install the Microsoft ODBC driver for SQL Server (Linux). Make sure to also install the unixodbc-dev package. It's used by the pecl command to install the PHP drivers.


Install the ODBC driver for Suse by following the instructions on the Install the Microsoft ODBC driver for SQL Server (Linux). Make sure to also install the unixodbc-dev package. It's used by the pecl command to install the PHP drivers.


Install the ODBC driver for Alpine by following the instructions on the Install the Microsoft ODBC driver for SQL Server (Linux). Make sure to also install the unixodbc-dev package (sudo apk add unixodbc-dev). It's used by the pecl command to install the PHP drivers.


Our ODBC drivers support unixODBC and iODBC, the most popular driver managers for Unix/Linux environments and Mac OS X, giving you unprecedented access to your Big Data, NoSQL, and SaaS sources from ODBC-capable tools and applications, no matter what operating system you use. This article will walk you through the installation and configuration of any of our ODBC drivers on Mac OS X, Red Hat Linux, and Debian-based Linux environments like Ubuntu. The ODBC Driver for Salesforce is used as an example.


The unixODBC driver manager reads information about drivers from an odbcinst.ini file and about data sources from an odbc.ini file. You can determine the location of the configuration files on your system by entering the following command into a terminal:


The output of the command will display the locations of the configuration files for ODBC data sources and registered ODBC drivers. User data sources can only be accessed by the user account whose home folder the odbc.ini is located in. System data sources can be accessed by all users. Below is an example of the output of this command:


There are several options for user-friendly interfaces when it comes to configuring ODBC data sources on Mac OS X. However, a GUI still relies on an ODBC driver manager. The CData ODBC drivers are preconfigured for the iODBC driver manager, as are many other products like Filemaker Pro and Microsoft Excel for Mac. This makes the driver easy to use with these tools.


We were unable to find drivers for your product. Try manually selecting your operating system. If your operating system is not listed then HP may not provide driver support for your product with that operating system.


Alibaba AnalyticDB for MySQL uses MySQL drivers. If you don't have MySQL drivers installed, follow the steps to install the MySQL driver on your Mac computer. We recommend that you install the latest MySQL 8.0 driver.


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