OpenBIOS and OpenBoot

Fare Rideau rideau at
Tue Jun 9 16:32:54 CEST 1998

Dear OpenBIOS people,
   have you by chance considered the fact that there already exist
a cross-platform IEEE standard for firmware?
It's called Open Firmware, and allows boot code to run unmodified
on a variety of platforms, based on a bytecode ANS FORTH interpreter:
* Sun SPARCs (on which it first appeared -- try STOP A someday)
* PowerPCs

If you write something for PCs, it would be great if it reused this
proven, standard, design. And if you need a FORTH core, there already
exist lots of them, including PFE, GNU forth (gforth), and many others.

And of course, if you are to use this standard,
you should contact the Open Firmware committee,
to be in synch with whatever they have done or intend to do
about the PC platform...

Just my 2p worth. I'm not subscribed to this list in any way,
I've just seen an announce on the linux-kernel at mailing list.
Hence, if you want to reply me, use private e-mail.

Good luck!

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