[OpenBIOS] ia64: how do we do BIOS? EFI?
stepan at core-systems.de
Tue Aug 28 04:43:51 CEST 2001
* Ronald G Minnich <rminnich at lanl.gov> [010828 00:15]:
> 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".
Since the Alpha died an unhonourable death I have heard quite a few rumours
like that. ;-> I even heard sometimes signing an NDA does not provide you
with the necessary information to get you any further ;-> I don't mean to be
vague but sometimes one works on a project for a company which he can't openly
disuss....it seems to be like this at lots of companies :->
> In other words, Intel is playing the Monopoly card again and has no
> intention of telling us how to write BIOSes for the ia64.
They intend that the quality of the firmware be at least as
good/suboordinate/noncompliant as the quality of the hardware.
> 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
Let's just wait for the next generation of Alpha^H^H^H^H IA64 hardware
and how things evolve. If this hardware should at some time become close
enough to certain competitors they bought (not to mention Alpha) there
might be a small chance to reuse the information we already paid so dearly
for with our blood, sweat and tears. Maybe it's just another rumour but I
have heard that the hardware is not exactly what they want it to be and that
things have to change if they want to keep that architecture alive.
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