[OpenBIOS] Re: boy is EFI a kludge!

Gavin Robert Brewer gavinbr at gavinbr.worldonline.co.uk
Tue Aug 28 10:22:17 CEST 2001

 > 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
> boot...

There is a lot of spam during linux bootup that strikes me as gratuitous
techie garbage. It would be better to find a way of booting directly
into the OpenWindows or some such. 

Not wishing to be negative, but I would really like to ask Linus as to
why he chose to have all that spam redirected to the screen at bootup.
It is'nt very eyecatching.

We can get around this by hand-coding in some basic graphics primitives.
Award BIOS managed to do it with the famous 'Energy Saver' trademark we
all see when we power up our PC's...so it must be possible for our
coders to capitalise on this kind of 'instant graphics'.

Bresenhams' algorithm and some other basic scan-conversion primitives
are a must. 
(For more information, see 'Computer Graphics' by Foley et. Al...)

Hope this helps,
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