On Wed, Jan 24, 2018 at 07:41:15PM -0600, Samuel Holland wrote:
On many systems, coreboot firmware can initialize graphics hardware and set up a high-resolution linear framebuffer. It exports information about this framebuffer, along with various other information, in a table discoverable via ACPI or a device tree.
coreboot also supports booting Linux directly from flash as a "payload". Projects such as Heads, u-root, and petitboot provide a minimal userland that can then be used to chainload (via kexec) into a full Linux system loaded from disk or over the network.
Fitting even a minimal Linux system on an SPI flash chip is challenging. Reusing the framebuffer setup from coreboot provides an enormous benefit to these projects by allowing them to omit full graphics drivers from their kernel builds. It also speeds up boot times by avoiding duplicated effort, and because coreboot's graphics initialization is often much faster than the Linux driver.
Patch 1 of this series expands coreboot table support into an enumerable bus that devices can hang off of. Patches 2-3 convert the existing drivers to use the new bus structure instead of ad-hoc platform devices, and patch 4 removes the old coreboot_table_find function.
Finally, patch 5 adds a new driver for the coreboot-initialized framebuffer. It improves on earlier work by being architecture- independent and not needing to scan through low memory.
This patchset has been tested on a Lenovo ThinkPad X220, and earlier versions of these patches have been tested by various members of the coreboot community on other hardware.
It would be great to get some of the google developers to ack these, as this touches their code...