On Fri, Mar 28, 2008 at 08:42:41AM -0600, Jordan Crouse wrote:
I vote for
nvram, too, especially if we plan going to non-x86
architectures again. CMOS is really an odd term, I think it got
molded by the legacy bios vendors over the years.
On the other hand, CMOS is the agreed upon term for x86 platforms -
it sounds stupid to our ears, but we're not typical users. I would
stick with CMOS.
I prefer to educate users rather than bending around a bad habit.
Regardless of where people think they are going to
take coreboot (I
have serious doubts about the usefulness of coreboot on other
architectures, especially the ones being bandied about on the email
list), we need to remember that coreboot is targeted at x86, and
thats where all of its users and potential users will come from for
the near future.
I don't agree at all that coreboot is targeted exclusively at x86.
If other architectures can use new bootcode like the PC then I would
love for coreboot to be that new bootcode.
Yes, today it is all x86, but if the hardware can be used in other
architectures then the software should as well.
In a few desktop machine generations, when Windows has been better
abstracted, the PC arch will linger no more.
AMD/NatSemi already threw it out with the Geode arch.
I think we'll have better code in v4 if we already keep other archs
in mind. (Not jump through hoops to befriend them, but just keep them