Chapter 11. Linux® Binary Compatibility

Restructured and parts updated by Jim Mock.
Originally contributed by Brian N. Handy and Rich Murphey.
Table of Contents
11.1. Synopsis
11.2. Configuring Linux® Binary Compatibility
11.3. Advanced Topics

11.1. Synopsis

FreeBSD provides 32-bit binary compatibility with Linux®, allowing users to install and run most 32-bit Linux® binaries on a FreeBSD system without having to first modify the binary. It has even been reported that, in some situations, 32-bit Linux® binaries perform better on FreeBSD than they do on Linux®.

However, some Linux®-specific operating system features are not supported under FreeBSD. For example, Linux® binaries will not work on FreeBSD if they overly use i386™ specific calls, such as enabling virtual 8086 mode. In addition, 64-bit Linux® binaries are not supported at this time.

After reading this chapter, you will know:

  • How to enable Linux® binary compatibility on a FreeBSD system.

  • How to install additional Linux® shared libraries.

  • How to install Linux® applications on a FreeBSD system.

  • The implementation details of Linux® compatibility in FreeBSD.

Before reading this chapter, you should:

All FreeBSD documents are available for download at http://ftp.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/doc/

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