[OpenBIOS] Re: boy is EFI a kludge!

Chris Maresca ckm at crust.net
Tue Aug 28 01:30:37 CEST 2001

On 27 Aug 2001, Eric W. Biederman wrote:

> Ronald G Minnich <rminnich at lanl.gov> writes:
> > OK, looking around, it's about what I expected.
> > 
> > However one thing we might be able to use: EFI is called from something
> > called SAL. SAL is real low-level stuff you will never see the source to
> > that does all the horrible stuff that Intel won't tell us how to do.
> > 
> > You don't need EFI. You need something to link to SAL that replaces EFI. I
> > think that's our hook.
> As a start perhaps.   But there is only one thing I have seen that is slower
> than the native L440GX BIOS.  An Itanium Box.  And judging by when the video
> screen came on it looks like it was probably in that mysterious SAL code.
> And while I have no problem with BIOS code taking it's time.  On a personal level
> I hate to work with slow BIOS's.  And when things are unreasonably slow I suspect
> that there is something that just doesn't work running in there.

There was a post on /. today about a BIOS that boots in .8 sec.  That
seems to be pretty good...  Now all we need to do is speed up linux


chris maresca
      internet systems architect -- www.chrismaresca.com

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