[OpenBIOS] Platform for the OPENBIOS question

Mads Martin Jørgensen mmj at suse.com
Tue Aug 21 11:59:45 CEST 2001

* Stefan Reinauer <stepan at suse.de> [Aug 21. 2001 10:44]:
> At the moment we're developing a C compiler with an FCode backend and an
> FCode tokenizer, which will allow to easily work with the actual code.
> The final fcode evaluator will be able to run the tokenizer itself, so 
> it will be possible to debug drivers directly on the firmware console if
> neccessary.
> I thought about writing a backend to gcc which outputs the needed FCode, but
> after following some politically/religious based discussion between the
> people who wrote the Java Bytecode backend for gcc (which is pretty similar
> to fcode) and RMS concerning the possibility to work around the GPL using
> a bytecode backend for gcc, this seems not to be an option.
> Second, I'd rather prefer not to use the suboptimal output that the gcc mid
> level language RTL produces (at least it's pretty unusable for
> stack machines as java bytecode or fcode is)

And--not to forget; gcc is a big hairy smelly beast with a tremendous

Mads Martin Jørgensen, http://mmj.dk
"Why make things difficult, when it is possible to make them cryptic and
totally illogic, with just a little bit more effort."
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