[LinuxBIOS] IT8718F support.

Carl-Daniel Hailfinger c-d.hailfinger.devel.2006 at gmx.net
Wed Aug 30 17:28:40 CEST 2006

Stefan Reinauer wrote:
> * Uwe Hermann <uwe at hermann-uwe.de> [060830 14:37]:
>>  2) Get as many coders as possible involved. Create incentive to try
>>     LinuxBIOS, which will result in active contributions in many
>>     cases. It's crucial to have support for a wide range of hardware,
>>     as only that will really ensure a wide-spread use of LinuxBIOS
>>     (I'm especially thinking about desktop machines here).
> Unlike normal userspace programs or even kernels, recovering from a bad
> bios can be quite some work. How do we overcome this? Not everyone is
> going to buy a galep iv for 400$, nor a bios savior for 30.

In Germany you can get cheap flash chips at http://www.bios-chip.de/ .
SST 49LF008A (8 Mbit FWH) only costs 8.50 Eur, which is really affordable.
With such a chip, there is no need for a BIOS saviour. And 8 Mbit is
enough even if you want to fit a complete kernel in ROM.


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