[coreboot] Multiboot support

Carl-Daniel Hailfinger c-d.hailfinger.devel.2006 at gmx.net
Tue Sep 9 21:50:40 CEST 2008

On 09.09.2008 21:33, Stefan Reinauer wrote:
> Jordan Crouse wrote:
>> On 09/09/08 18:59 +0200, Robert Millan wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I'm thinking that it'd be interesting for coreboot to have direct support for
>>> Multiboot, so that Multiboot kernels can be used directly without GRUB/FILO as
>>> middle man (somewhat like this thing you call "LAB").
>>> When I brought this up on IRC, Patrick expressed concerns about size.  I suppose
>>> the best would be to give users the option to provide either coreboot tables or
>>> Multiboot, whatever is needed for their payload, instead of adding both things
>>> unconditionally.
>>> Nevertheless I don't expect the basic Multiboot support to be excessively big.
>>> If this idea sounds fine, I could provide a patch for v3.
>> I support this idea unconditionally.  I know the limitations and
>> concerns about multiboot - but playing well with others is something
>> we need to do a better job of.  
> Absolutely. But maybe this is something that should go into libpayload
> instead, so many others can play well?

That's a great idea! It would also enable Bayou (which is an awesome
piece of software) to support Multiboot. In that scenario, everyone wins.



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