OpenBIOS and OpenBoot

Stefan Reinauer stepan at
Tue Jun 9 16:40:23 CEST 1998

On Tue, 9 Jun 1998, Fare Rideau wrote:

> 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
> * ARM

I heard about that, but I was told it had some major or minor
disadvantages. can't remember anything right now, though

> 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.

Does this fit into 128k? :-)
How big is the rom on sparc/arm?


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