[coreboot] [RFC] port bochs-bios to gcc

Stefan Reinauer 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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