[LinuxBIOS] Support for Intel G965 GMCH Chipset?
smithbone at gmail.com
Tue Oct 31 18:20:36 CET 2006
Chris Ziomkowski wrote:
> Any comments would be appreciated. Am I getting in over my head? Do you
> think linuxbios is stable enough to consider for a commercial product?
Stability is a matter of reference. On chipsets/mainboards that have a
bit of time under their belt they are very stable. Usually once it
works it just works. That said there can be some pain associated with
older revs and a newer toolchain. Its caused us some trouble in the past.
However, porting to a new chipset is a whole new game. There are many
open end issues with respect to a short fixed timeline. The key is the
documentation. If you can't get the right level of _correct_
documentation then you could spend months chasing bugs that reduce to
"set this bit, in this hidden register." Things like that just destroy
a timeline and don't show well up the management chain.
I don't want to stop you from trying an Intel port since we get requests
for newer Intel chips all the time, BUT what you are looking at is a
pretty tall order. You need to sit down with whatever vendor you have
that reps Intel and have a long talk with them about getting the
required docs with clear deliverables on their part. I recommend you
have them list the document names and numbers that they will provide.
A specific question would be to ask them if you can get example code
that enables the RAM for that chipset. And make sure you get a copy
(and read) all errata notes.
Richard A. Smith
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