I'm curious what effect a given implementation of
a BIOS has on system
performance. From what I understand (and I understand only a little
about the BIOS), DOS et al. use the BIOS functions much more than
Linux, which may just use them to boot and then leave the BIOS
functionality behind and use its own drivers.
I suspect that the main performance increase would be under DOS and Windows,
yes. Take a look at http://www.mrbios.com/proof.htm
for an idea of what we're
aiming at there.
Is performance affected more by the particular
settings that the BIOS
can make (memory access, etc.) that would change performance?
Under Linux, this will be the major factor - we can offer all the more esoteric
settings that other BIOSes don't support, so we can eke a little more out of
the beast here too.
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