[LinuxBIOS] Naming policy (was: Re: r2814 - trunk/util/superiotool)

Jordan Crouse jordan.crouse at amd.com
Fri Sep 28 19:31:02 CEST 2007

On 28/09/07 19:05 +0200, Carl-Daniel Hailfinger wrote:
> > Modified: trunk/util/superiotool/Makefile
> > ===================================================================
> > --- trunk/util/superiotool/Makefile	2007-09-28 15:39:10 UTC (rev 2813)
> > +++ trunk/util/superiotool/Makefile	2007-09-28 15:45:43 UTC (rev 2814)
> > @@ -1,5 +1,5 @@
> >  ##
> > -## This file is part of the LinuxBIOS project.
> > +## This file is part of the superiotool project.
> >  ##
> >  ## Copyright (C) 2007 Uwe Hermann <uwe at hermann-uwe.de>
> >  ##
> > 
> Please ask before such changes.
> OTOH, if you insist that every sub-project of LinuxBIOS is a project in
> itself, we should also have the "GA-M57SLI porting project" etc. Oh, and
> headlines like "LinuxBIOS is running Windows XP" would have to be
> changed to "ADLO is running Windows XP".
> We have established the LinuxBIOS brand with a lot of work. Calling
> every single one of our subprojects by its own name is not going to help
> our public image at all. This situation is similar to the GNU/Linux
> debate and I don't want LinuxBIOS to be in the GNU "nobody mentions us"
> situation.

This is not at all like the GNU/Linux debate.  If LinuxBIOS had grown
out of the superiotool then it might have been, but its the other way
around.  Its perfectly legitimate for LinuxBIOS to spawn new tools
that then go on to have a life of their own outside of this project,
and we shouldn't be so vain to slap the LinuxBIOS tag on all of them
as if we need to actively seek support.  This project in particular
has value outside of the project (I suspect the lm-sensors guys would
be interested in it), so that alone makes this not a LinuxBIOS tool,
but a tool that the LinuxBIOS people created.

And quite frankly, I think people *should* say that ADLO boots Windows
XP, not LinuxBIOS, because thats the truth.  LinuxBIOS spawns payloads
that do all sorts of things great and small.  By demanding that
LinuxBIOS take the glory of the filos, etherboots and ADLOs of the world
is selfish.  LinuxBIOS is here to boot hardware.  The tools are here to
either make LinuxBIOS do what it does better, or help LinuxBIOS accomplish
the task.  They are independent entities and they should be celebrated as


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Jordan Crouse
Systems Software Development Engineer 
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

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