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Sent: Wednesday, January 26, 2000 6:38
Subject: [OpenBIOS] Open Bios
Where can I find a good primer on assembly? I
would very much like to contribute something useful to this project. I admit a
lack of skills, but the best way to learn is to get involved. From what I have
seen so far, just to put things in perspective, is:
Everyone has thier own ideas where they want this
project to go.
Most everyone is working on a different
Some people want a spartan bios, very
streamlined, while others want a more robust bios.
So we should attack this from a different angle.
We should choose an OS (I recommend FreeDOS) as a startpoint, then build a
BIOS configurator, menu driven, that allows the person to select the options
he/she wants. Then the program would detect the architecture of the system,
(possibly by reading current BIOS version?),prompt the user to confirm/correct
what it detects, and compile an image to be flashed.
I realize that is asking alot. But it is not
beyond the scope of feasibility. Most systems now days have the option to boot
from a cd. So if we make an iso of the whole package, it could then be burned
on a CD, and thus be bootable. Otherwise one could copy it to a partition and
configure thier bootloader to look for it.
Rather than FreeDOS we might consider hacking a
very minimal OS that would work on basically any platform. Consider, the only
major requirements are disk access, and the ability to load our software. It
would not be a major undertaking if we took a look at what's already out
It seems to me that there are a lot of people
interested in this project but no one knows exactly how to contribute. This
would give the project some structure, and allow everyone to pick an area to
work on toward a more tangible goal. I realize that this is way beyond the
scope that most of you were contemplating. But there are many of us
interestedin OpenBIOS, and it would keep us from each reinventing the wheel as
we go. With many hands, we can move mountains. More than that, the end product
would be *darn* attractive to basically