[LinuxBIOS] Issues facing IHVs supporting LinuxBIOS

Ronald G Minnich rminnich at lanl.gov
Tue Jul 11 03:59:33 CEST 2006

Drew Lundsten wrote:
> I've been lurking for a couple of months and like what I see. I am also 
> interested in some recent comments disparaging EFI, as well as recent 
> posts (apparently) from hardware vendors asking how to support LinuxBIOS 
> on their platforms. After reading through the FAQ again and not finding 
> answers to my questions, I now turn to the list:
> 1) What legal conditions, or obligations to make derived source code 
> available, are placed on independent hardware vendors offering LinuxBIOS 
> support for their hardware?

GPL. That's it;

> 2) What's up with Intel, and why, for instance, can't an IHV use their 
> BIOS guides to support LinuxBIOS? 

The information you need is no longer easily available. Intel has a 
stated policy (at least in meetings) that the will not support 
linuxbios, period. As to reasons, you'll have to ask them.

> 2b) I see Intel's 7520 chipset is actually supported, and that's rather 
> recent - is this an anomaly, or the end of the line for Intel support?

I have no idea.

> 3) Is there a list of IHVs who DO ship product on LinuxBIOS?

not at present. There are some, they just aren't documented.


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