[OpenBIOS] old shoes vs new shoes.

Asif Haswarey asif.haswarey at qlogic.com
Tue May 23 19:53:12 CEST 2006

My 2 pennies,

I know EFI device driver developers here at work and
I know for sure that among other things EFI's debugging
framework is not as powerful as OpenFirmware. Heck! you
can literally _interactively_ develope an FCode driver in
OpenFirmware. This you cannot do in EFI.
Perhaps OpenBIOS will be to EFI/x86Bios, what Linux is
to Windows today. We'll find out within the next ~5 years.
Asif Haswarey
QLogic Corporation
26650 Aliso Viejo Parkway
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Phone: 949.389.7607
Fax: 949.389.6308

-----Original Message-----
From: openbios-bounces at openbios.org
[mailto:openbios-bounces at openbios.org] On Behalf Of Ronald G Minnich
Sent: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 9:42 AM
To: The OpenBIOS Mailinglist
Subject: Re: [OpenBIOS] old shoes vs new shoes.

Stefan Reinauer wrote:
> Hi,
> some voices whisper that EFI programs are so much easier and simpler 
> than Open Firmware. I am not making any statement but let you, much 
> valued readers, decide here:
>   http://www.osxbook.com/book/bonus/chapter4/efiprogramming/

yes, but EFI is such a powerful operating system! And, fortunately, the
API is totally new and incompatible with EVERYTHING, and it's not a very
good API, so we get the benefit of having to learn a whole new api, with
a special toolchain, that is useless for everything else we do.

I am sure I have not listed all the benefits of this new EFI operating
system :-) ron

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