[OpenBIOS] ia64: how do we do BIOS? EFI?

Ronald G Minnich rminnich at lanl.gov
Mon Aug 27 17:15:46 CEST 2001

The Intel ia64 is planned to ship with EFI. I have had some very
depressing converations with some Intel people which inevitably end with:
"we don't care what you want to do, EFI is the best, you have to use it".

In other words, Intel is playing the Monopoly card again and has no
intention of telling us how to write BIOSes for the ia64.

Has anyone looked at this? this issue is crucial to both openbios and
linuxbios. What should we do? I am downloading EFI now and it really looks
like crap. It even includes a non-redistributable FAT-32 driver (courtesy

I'd be interested in any thoughts on this.


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