* aaron <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> [010828 16:19] wrote:
> On Tue, 28 Aug 2001, Alfred Perlstein wrote:
> > * aaron <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> [010828 15:37] wrote:
> > > 
> > > I have been wondering if fbsd people would like to move into the
> > > openbios.org direction? Well, at least I for myself would _dream_ of
> > > booting my laptop and have X running in 10 seconds :))
> > > 
> > > I am asking because AFAIK the openbios guys replace the standard bios
> > > calls with their own code (kernel, whatever). So would this acutally be
> > > possible in fbsd? Are there any calls to bios routines or is everything
> > > coded by hand?
> > > 
> > > sorry if this is a bit off-topic. I was just to curious...
> > 
> > I'm pretty sure openbios just aims to be a replacement for PC-BIOSes,
> > as long as it's a drop in replacement FreeBSD should run just fine
> > on top of it, there shouldn't be any modifications needed to be done
> > to FreeBSD.
> yes, but AFAIK they will replace standard BIOS calls with their own
> abstraction layer/calls. Now if fbsd uses some "well known" BIOS calls
> which differ in the openbios abstraction layer then it wont run. so the
> question boils down to: is there some black magic bios call accessing code
> in the kernel somewhere (which might break then)?

There shouldn't be much except perhaps the VESA stuff.

As I said, if they implement a proper BIOS that can be used for
windows/dos/linux then we shouldn't have a problem running on it.

If we do have a problem running on it then it's most likely
an openbios issue, not a FreeBSD issue.

-Alfred Perlstein [[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
'Instead of asking why a piece of software is using "1970s technology,"
start asking why software is ignoring 30 years of accumulated wisdom.'

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