[LinuxBIOS] [RFC] Call for Action: LinuxBIOS foundations

Joseph Smith joe at smittys.pointclark.net
Tue Aug 28 21:01:43 CEST 2007

Quoting popkonserve <popkonserve at gmx.de>:

> What i really don't get is:
> Why trying to support bleeding edge hardware almost nobody has
> datasheets for instead of writing reliable custom drivers that would
> support older hardware. development itself would be far easier, at least
> SOME hardware would be supported and people would be able to TEST
> linuxbios on old hardware without fearing to ruin an expensive
> mainboard. most of the drivers written only include a working version
> which is far away from a full featured support that would make a
> difference to the original bios versions. this is imho what drives users
> away.
> i'm willing to write more generic full featured drivers
> (northbridge/southbridge) for older chipsets (i posted a list and i'll
> stick to that list). my problem is not that i don't understand the
> hardware itself but the linuxbios framework. i don't want to spend hours
> of code surfing just to understand how and where certain code sniplets
> are called or how certain config files need to be written. a
> documentation to the code is close to non-existant. while this might not
> be a problem to long-term developers it drives new ones away.
> what i would like to see is: generic support for usb/cdrom boot, ide
> support in southbridges, an onscreen menu (nothing fancy) and a far
> better documentation for users and developers.
> Holger
I would have to agree, When I first commited to LB I was quite scared  
due to the lack of documentation.

Thanks - Joe

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