(no subject)

Adam Agnew agnew at cs.umd.edu
Mon Oct 28 11:32:01 CET 2002

This is pretty off topic, but...

<clipped from http://www.info-zip.org/pub/infozip/FAQ.html#unshrink >
(this applies to the unzip that ships with most linux distributions)

"Why does UnZip say "`shrink' method not supported"?

The `shrink' compression method is encumbered by a patent. Although it
appears that stand-alone unshrinking is not covered, the owner has claimed
otherwise in public statements, and the matter has never been tested in
court. (For what it's worth, the same algorithm is used in other utilities
that have been included in every Linux and FreeBSD distribution that has
ever shipped or been downloaded, and no one has ever complained about
that. So the public statements may simply be the usual legal posturing. On
the other hand, Info-ZIP has no particular desire to become the test

Thus, by default, unshrinking is not enabled in newer releases of
Info-ZIP's distributed binaries. Those who wish to download older binaries
or compile their own versions may still do so. See UnZip's COPYING and
INSTALL files for more information. "

So, yeah, I just repackaged it.

Other non-sense you speak of.

<clipped from http://www.pcengines.com/biosfaq.htm>
"Why do you use A386 rather than MASM/NASM/TASM ?
    Prior versions of tinyBIOS were based on an assembler I wrote in 1987.
While ridiculously fast, it did have its limitations. A386 is the closest
replacement I could find, easy to get through www.eji.com, and fairly
priced at $90. Please, please do not attempt to use MASM, NASM or TASM.
Your time is worth more than that."

It is quite a pain to go and buy A386. But then, the man wrote it himself
and its pretty hard to find a good open source bios, so I'm not going to
complain. Luckily, the reason we're looking at it is really just to steal
some interrupt implementations, not to try and use his bios in full. We're
experiencing a bit of trouble with INT15 86 and 87 specifically, and
every source helps.

- Adam Agnew

On Mon, 28 Oct 2002, Gregg C Levine wrote:

> Hello from Gregg C Levine
> Adam, please define that none-sense for me. I have most of the things
> here, from that guy's site. My only objections are for the assembler he
> chose. I felt he should have used the assembler that's at the core of
> the binary utilities of the GNU set of tools, instead of A86. Or even
> Turbo Assembler from Borland, at least they understand proper licensing.
> Oh, and thank you for repackaging the whole material in that form. I
> didn't have any problems unzipping any of it here, just a darned
> nuisance to make it work here.
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> > From: linuxbios-admin at clustermatic.org [mailto:linuxbios-
> > admin at clustermatic.org] On Behalf Of Adam Agnew
> > Sent: Monday, October 28, 2002 9:27 AM
> > To: adam at cfar.umd.edu
> > Cc: linuxbios at clustermatic.org; rminnich at lanl.gov
> > Subject: (no subject)
> >
> > This is mostly for Adam Sulmicki for the benefit of our current
> project,
> > but it's been about a year since it was mentioned last so I felt it
> > wouldn't help to reiterate (i know i forgot) that there exists another
> > open source bios, tinyBIOS
> >
> > http://www.pcengines.com/tinybios.htm
> >
> > and since his zip file is difficult to uncompress due to patents or
> some
> > such non-sense, i repackaged it at
> > http://www.missl.cs.umd.edu/~agnew/anopenbios.zip
> >
> > - Adam Agnew
> >
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