Seems I forgot to announce that the linux_base-c6 is in the Ports Collection now. Well, it is not a replacement for the current default linux base, the linuxulator infrastructure ports are missing and we need to check if the kernel supports enough of 2.6.18 that nothing breaks.
To my knowledge, nobody is working on anything of this. Anyone is welcome to have a look and provide patches.
I committed the v4l2 support into the linuxulator (in 9-current). Part of this was the import of the v4l2 header from linux. We have the permission to use it (like the v4l one), it is not licensed via GPL. This means we can use it in FreeBSD native drivers, and they are even allowed to be compiled into GENERIC (but I doubt we have a driver which could provide the v4l2 interface in GENERIC).
The code I committed is “just” the glue-code which allows to use FreeBSD native devices which provide a v4l2 interface (e.g. multimedia/pwcbsd or multimedia/webcamd) from linux programs.
Thanks to nox@ for writing the glue code.
I merged the v4l translation layer into the linuxulator of 8-stable. As in ‑current, this just means that linux apps (like Skype) can now use FreeBSD native devices which conform to the v4l ABI. The port multimedia/webcamd provides access to some webcams (or DVB hardware) via the v4l ABI.
People which want to test the linuxulator part should first make sure a native FreeBSD application has no problem accessing the device.