On Fri, Sep 28, 2007 at 02:51:45PM -0600, Jordan Crouse wrote:
There is a tipping point there though - many people chose LinuxBIOS for the very reason that you don't carry around many Ks of code that you don't need.
Oh, in this case the differences are so minimal that the amount of unneeded code is almost zero, I think.
Even traditional BIOS vendors don't try this. To me the more important thing is to show that the hardware support is there, and that it is a simple build option away.
Why is this good? Because a vendor can see that with proper design, a single bios image can support many mainboards -- even if the hardware differs slightly -- thus reducing the cost.
I just think you have to be very careful - run time detection is not what puts the butts in the seats.
Only as an option, of course. We don't want to do this per default for all boards. But it's a nice option to have...