Option ROM for Device.
rminnich at lanl.gov
Wed Aug 6 10:22:00 CEST 2003
On Wed, 6 Aug 2003, Stefan Reinauer wrote:
> * Eric W. Biederman <ebiederman at lnxi.com> [030806 05:47]:
> > There are a couple of sides of this.
> > 1) Anyone who supports Linux on non-x86 generally has a reasonable
> > Linux driver that does not need an option rom to set anything up.
> > This includes most hardware raid vendors.
> Still, this is not always enough. I cursed many times when the x86
> emulation on Alpha machines was not capable of executing the hacks
> some vendors put in their option roms, which prevents video or
> booting from scsi from working.
yes, although I have always hoped it would be enough to count on
open-source linux drivers, we still need expansion rom support today.
There's a cluster at Argonne that needs an old-fashioned BIOS on the nodes
that have a certain model RAID-SCSI controller. They want linuxbios, and
we need to do expansion roms first.
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