[coreboot] [RFC] port bochs-bios to gcc
stepan at coresystems.de
Mon Feb 25 11:14:33 CET 2008
Carl-Daniel Hailfinger wrote:
> There is another possibility: Use the recently published official
> documents about the data expected by NTLDR and successors.
I think the ReactOS loader uses this information. It can load several
commercial versions of Windows meanwhile.
If someone from the coreboot community could help the reactos
developers, I think they would be eager too, to see their bootloader
load windows on top of coreboot.
> While this does not help the *BSD use of ADLO, the Windows use of it
> could be scrapped and we'd probably end up with a lot less code than
> what ADLO is now.
I doubt that. ADLO is now 461 lines of assembler code. Most of which is
comments. That is only for a single platform, because it really is a
hack. When integrating this loader, it would become saner at almost no cost.
While I think using our own NTLDR is an option for the problem of
booting windows, we should also think about having a sane way of
integrating 16bit bios calls. Otherwise we will not get the chance to be
the default firmware on motherboards out there. Even EFI systems do that.
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