[[RFC] 00/14] Bring in x86 support into 'barebox'

Andy Pont andy.pont at sdcsystems.com
Thu Dec 10 12:37:39 EST 2009

Juergen wrote...

> This patch series brings in some kind of x86 support into the tree.
> At first this support can act as a boot loader on a BIOS based
> x86 machine like GRUB is. E.g. barebox will be stored in the MBR of
> a boot media the BIOS supports to boot from. This implementation still
> talks to the BIOS in real mode, to load or store data from/to a disk
> drive, but the barebox core itself runs in flat mode.

This seems like a re-inventing the wheel to me and as such strikes me as a
pointless exercise.  There are plenty of bootloaders that will live in the
MBR that a BIOS can call - Grub, LILO, etc. and the whole CoreBOOT project
whose aim is to replace commercial BIOS products.

I would have thought effort would be better focussed on other architectures.



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