[LinuxBIOS] GX eval board
smithbone at gmail.com
Tue Mar 21 16:59:57 CET 2006
> Does it not make sense to port that code to compile with gas?
> What's that magic that keeps the dependency to some pre-civilization
> microsoft product?
You have to produce 16-bit output. Both for assembly and the couple
of C files that are in there. You could use NASM for the 16 bit
assembly but I'm not sure about the C. OpenWatcom still has a 16 bit C
compiler in thier offerings. I pulled it down but I've not really
groked the license yet.
The ADLO code in V1 is mixed C/asm in 16-bit mode with NASM and gcc.
I'm going to go back and take a look at how that was done.
> Without me knowing the code it feels a bit against the LinuxBIOS idea to
> ship binary stuff because noone can compile it.
I agree fully. It should be ported. It will be a large project to
undertake since there is a pile of assembly code.
I also don't fully yet grok the inner workings of the VSA. All you
who are in this deeper perhaps can comment. Is there any hardware
reason that the VSA _has_ to be in 16-bit mode? I know orginally it
had to be 16-bit for the BIOS callbacks, but we don't require all that
Can we port the necessary parts over to protected mode?
Richard A. Smith
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