[LinuxBIOS] Hardware best practises for optimal LinuxBIOS ports

Uwe Hermann uwe at hermann-uwe.de
Sat Mar 31 14:56:34 CEST 2007

On Sat, Mar 31, 2007 at 06:19:52AM +0200, Peter Stuge wrote:
> I got an idea today.
> We could create a wiki page where we document how LinuxBIOS (porting,
> and otherwise) is affected by hardware design decisions.

Great! Go ahead :)

What should the page name be? 'Designing Hardware for LinuxBIOS'?
'LinuxBIOS Hardware Design'? Others?

> * Avoid embedded controllers (for things that concern LinuxBIOS)
> Pros: Faster porting
> Cons: EC may be required for key features

* Only use "open" hardware components (public datasheets, Free Software
  drivers available, maybe even open hardware description/schematics etc).

* Put a JTAG header on the hardware. Provide a BDSL file or source code patches
  for (open source) JTAG programmers.

* Most important: Use a _socketed_ BIOS chip.

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