At 11:20 AM -0700 12/19/03, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
Stefan Reinauer <stepan(a)suse.de> writes:
* Eric W. Biederman <ebiederman(a)lnxi.com>
Brainstorming earlier today I think I have found a way to use
an linux kernel for the boot loader and to implement pcbios
compatibility without too much cost. The idea is to use
a uclinux kernel. And implement a ``user space'' aplication
that is a user space shim that makes kernel calls.
What functionality is it exactly that we need the uclinux
kernel for? We won't do any scheduling, and we won't need source code
drivers if we implement a pcbios "emulation"
What I liked most about the LinuxBIOS2 approach is that
code was only introduced in the tree when it was specifically needed.
Since I had my hands at the Alpha bootloader Milo, everything that uses
a Linux kernel for it's operations kind of scares me...
So this is for the bootloader, the payload and it will be optional.
This will not go into the linuxBIOS tree, this is an alternative to
I would like to see this from the PPC perspective. Since neither filo
nor etherboot work on PPC, this might be a good way of booting from,
say, a disk. Which would be nice.