On Thu, 2013-05-30 at 13:13 +0200, Laszlo Ersek wrote:
Where is CorebootPkg available from?
And it helps to dispel the stupid misconception in some quarters that Coreboot *competes* with UEFI and thus cannot possibly be supported because helping something that competes with UEFI would be bad.
I'm not sure who do you mean by "some quarters", but for some distributions Coreboot would be yet another component (package) to support, for no obvious benefit.
(Gerd said it better than I possibly could: http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.bios.coreboot.seabios/5685/focus=5705.)
Yeah, but if we're shoving a lot of hardware-specific ACPI table generation into the guest's firmware, instead of just doing it on the qemu side where a number of us seem to think it belongs, then there *is* a benefit to using Coreboot. When stuff changes on the qemu side and we have to update the table generation to match, you end up having to update just the Coreboot package, and *not* having to patch both SeaBIOS and OVMF.
The extra package in the distro really isn't painful to handle, and I suspect it would end up *reducing* the amount of work that we have to do to update. You update *just* Coreboot, not *both* of SeaBIOS and OVMF.
If you implement a private UEFI FAT driver from scratch, or port a free software FAT implementation (eg. the r/o one in grub or the r/w one in mtools), you could still run into legal problems, I've been told.
That has been said, and it's been said for the FAT implementation in the kernel too. If a distribution is happy to ship the kernel without ripping out its FAT support, then I see no reason why that distribution wouldn't also be happy to ship a version of OVMF with a clean implementation of FAT support. It doesn't make sense to be happy with one but not the other.
We need at least one out-of-tree edk2 patch for now (from you) but apparently that's no problem.
That'll get merged soon. We are working on the corresponding spec update...
As far as I understand:
- Jordan is nearing completion of flash support on KVM,
- he also has WIP NvVar storage on top of qemu flash.
("Please coordinate" I guess :))
Ooh, shiny. Yeah, when I get back to actually working on it rather than just heckling, I'll make sure I do :)