Random comments on LinuxBIOS

Steve Gehlbach steve at nexpath.com
Wed Apr 16 23:58:01 CEST 2003

ollie lho wrote:

> The very first LinuxBIOS implementation does almost this. Part of the
> historical reason of 16-bit code is, for DoC with only 512 IPL area,
> every  bit counts. So the asm code for chipsets with DoC support are 
> coded in 16-bit mode instead of 32-bit mode. Now, it seems that DoC is 
> obselete by the non-open attitude of its manufacture and Firmware Hub, 
> we may consider consolidating these asm code to 32-bit in the next
> development cycle.

Thanks, I suspected it had something to do with 16-bit code, but I 
couldn't understand why.  This explains it.

Also, CF is much cheaper than DOC, too.


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