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

From: Andi Kleen
Date: Mon Apr 30 2007 - 23:32:39 EST

On Mon, Apr 30, 2007 at 07:54:27PM -0700, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> Andi Kleen wrote:
> >> Not that the x86 BIOS is bad. It is nearly a marvel in it's simplicity
> >> and ubiquitousness,
> >
> > Simplicity? That must be why x86 motherbords are shipping with (compressed)
> > 8MB BIOS flash chips now.
> Very little of that is the actual BIOS, though. Most of it is generally
> QuickPlay, which tends to be a Linux system...

At least my Asus board with 8Mb flash doesn't have anything called that.
There is also no special preboot environment

iirc Asus ships dual BIOS though, but even half that compressed is a lot.


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