On Fri, 2003-12-19 at 05:56, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
Regardless of the actual details what I like is the
that we attempt to support the legacy pcbios interface. It's ugly it's
nasty but if we can do that with a Linux kernel driving the hardware
we have a single solution which can work for everyone. Some people
can strip it down and not include all of the features but...
Or - cf the PXE discussions on etherboot-developers - have the stripped
version as the "normal" code and load in the pc bios services as
required. Indeed, why not add a "legacy layer" to OSs which need it, so
that rather than adding the code to the loader, add it to the *loadee*;
the common services can be lean, mean, open source, virtualised or
whatever we please.