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

Corey Osgood corey.osgood at gmail.com
Thu Aug 30 00:07:05 CEST 2007

Darmawan Salihun wrote:
> On 8/29/07, *Uwe Hermann* <uwe at hermann-uwe.de 
> <mailto:uwe at hermann-uwe.de>> wrote:
>     The real problems (in my view) are:
>     1. Lack of developers
>     2. Lack of time
>     3. Lack of proper datasheets (for some/many chipsets)
>     Issue 2 cannot be solved easily, issue 3 depends on many factors
>     we usually cannot influence a lot, but issue 1 is where we can
>     get the biggest gain, IMHO.
> I wonder if clean-room reverse engineering on commercial BIOS that comes
> with the board can help for case 3 because most of them have a "generic"
> code to boot the machine until preliminary RAM test. Personally, I 
> view it
> as a *very interesting* challenge.

Very interesting, yes, but that routes directly back to problem 1. More 
developers could lead the creation of a separate project with that goal 
in mind, but for now everyone's working with what they have. If we had 
more people/time, such things might be feasible and very beneficial.


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