Re: arch/i386/boot rewrite, and all the hard-coded video cards

From: Jeff Garzik
Date: Mon Apr 30 2007 - 21:41:10 EST

H. Peter Anvin wrote:
Hi all,

I'm rewriting the i386 setup code in C, instead of assembly, and before
I spend a very large amount of time translating all the various
card-specific probes, I want to ask the following question...

Does *anyone* care about these anymore?

All of these are specific to cards from a very long time ago. I am
currently planning to retain the VESA-related code, and the standard
video modes, but I'd like to avoid the card-specific stuff, especially
since I have absolutely zero ability to test any of testing them (with
the possible sole exception of the cirrus5 code, which is emulated by qemu.)

Do you mean the SVGA chip-specific code, or additionally you are ripping out CGA and EGA support?

Out of curiosity what C compiler will you use?


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