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On 2016-Nov-22 09:22 , Artyom Tarasenko wrote:
That's a very interesting point. Does EFI actually have any advantages over IEEE 1275?
* It's supported by Intel and many hardware vendors (drivers for their chips) * It has huge libraries to do many interesting things (from IPv6 to debuggers), so system builders have many options that don't require writing things from scratch. * It's written in C.
At one point, I was informed that the biggest advantage was that it didn't require Forth programmers. From a management viewpoint, that is significant, finding good Forth programmers is a pain in the tush. Growing your own forth programmers isn't easy, it takes a long time for someone to learn how to write clean and maintainable Forth. And with today's larger PROMs, Forth's compactness is no longer as important.
For instance, Apple moved to EFI, but was their real motivation? Did they just wanted to ditch Forth?
I have no actual visibility into Apple's motivations, but my assumption would be that with the move to x86, the change to EFI made sense to them.