[Arm-netbook] "allwinner's A10" codenamed "sun4i crane", linux kernel v2.6.36 patch available
bari at onelabs.com
Sat Nov 12 23:40:54 GMT 2011
On 11/12/2011 04:38 PM, Gordan Bobic wrote:
> Endless code bloat isn't the solution, even if the SoC manufacturers
> were to decide to provide long term support/maintenance of their kernel
> contributions. The obvious solution is to come up with a standard ARM
> BIOS - but the chances of that happening any time soon (and probably at
> all) is pretty close to 0.
All ARM should need is hardware init and a bootloader. Not a BIOS. Some
closed source x86 BIOS vendors are trying to fool dumb ARM vendors into
thinking they need a BIOS or EFI firmware.
U-boot has been around for a while and ARM tablet makers are still
developing their own firmware to lock down their hardware. coreboot has
also recently been ported to ARM and can also run uboot as a payload.
coreboot's advantage over u-boot is its support and configuration for
PCI/PCIe that might come in handy for multicore ARM server designs . ARM
doesn't need a BIOS for Linux the same as x86 hasn't needed a BIOS to
support Linux for over 10 years.
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