[OpenBIOS] Platform for the OPENBIOS question
stepan at suse.de
Tue Aug 21 20:49:34 CEST 2001
* Mads Martin Jørgensen <mmj at suse.com> [010821 19:04]:
> No, AFAIK it will be targeted to be Open Firmware compliant, and
> therefore working on different archs.
exactly. Goal is to have one flexible, small firmware that allows extensions
very easy and platform independant. Advantages are obvious: The whole boot
loader desaster could be solved as well as the fact that most pci cards don't
work on any system except intel compliant stuff, thus breaking PCI standard 2.x
for the existing cards it is pretty easy to write a small emulation layer
that gives them an open firmware compliant interface (for code examples look
at the regarding code in XFree86 or the milo bootloader for alpha axp)
Also, this firmware could be used in embedded systems as well as servers,
workstation, home pcs running the same base system but different interfaces
optimized to the needs of the concerned platforms while still not getting
into any compatibility problems.
> P.S Why is the reply-to: address different from the address mailed to?
elvis.informatik.uni-freiburg.de is the actual name of the machine running the
list, whereas freiburg.linux.de/www.freiburg.linux.de are aliases. Due to some
weird configuration of the machine (I am not allowed to chance it
unfortunately) the address is changed when sending the mail.
But maybe we can write to John Foster once again and try to cooperate on the
use of the domain openbios.org, which would resolve the whole problem.
Affected with a high degree of intellectual independence.
-- Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary"
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