[OpenBIOS] Why protected mode?

Niklas Ekström t97nek at student.tdb.uu.se
Fri Jul 16 17:35:42 CEST 1999

On Fri, 16 Jul 1999, Matthias Wächter wrote:
> About (2): I don't agree. I think, the BIOS and the BIOS programmers play
> a large role in the non-evolution of system startup but also of operating
> system design. It's time for everyone involved, especially the BIOS
> programmers, especially ones who want to do something "new", to discuss
> the mistakes from the past, and these mistakes have a lot to do with the
> processor "changes" and the way the BIOS changed with it... well, it
> didn't.

I don't think BIOS designers are to blame for the incredibly stupid
hardware constructions of the IBM-PC compatible computers. I don't even
think you can blame the Intel engineer for that, since they did what they
had to do to keep their customers. Mostly it's all IBM's fault! ;)

So really there isn't much to discuss. If you want to make your BIOS
IBM-PC compatible, you will end up with the same stuff as always before,
but if you are ready to let the compability go you can do something much

/ Niklas

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