[SeaBIOS] [PATCHv6 00/16] boot order specification

Peter Stuge peter at stuge.se
Thu Dec 2 16:07:16 CET 2010

Gleb Natapov wrote:
> BBS specification is broken since it doesn't provide a way for
> discovered boot method (BCV) to be linked back to a device it will
> boot from. Nothing we can do to fix this except moving to EFI (an
> hope the problem is fixed there).

There is that option, or there could be some simple improvement of
our own, which works in QEMU and maybe even adds value to coreboot.
But then there would be a bit of novel development in firmware - that
can't be a good thing, right?

> Spec says that in that case user probably will want to adjust boot
> order anyway and will enter boot menu by itself. Sorry excuse for
> failing to provide proper functionality if you ask me :)

I agree. I can not believe the absolute resistance to innovation in
this field.

Isn't the scope of BBS logic limited to boot time? (There are calls
to do settings, but that's no problem.)

Maybe it would be possible for SeaBIOS to provide what looks like BBS
to the guest, but on the other side there is something more
intelligent going on, be it together with QEMU or coreboot?


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