[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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