XP on OLPC - a contrarian view -- followup
tomeu at tomeuvizoso.net
Sat May 17 05:56:27 EDT 2008
I remember to have heard some rumor about Microsoft considering to use
the internal NAND as swapping, thus killing any OS that may be
This would mean that by "dual-boot" we are talking about having two SD
cards each with a different OS?
On Sat, May 17, 2008 at 1:44 AM, Robert Myers <rmyers7 at mindspring.com> wrote:
> 1) I knew about the separate memory for the firmware. I've reloaded it
> often enough :-). I was more interested in publishing that thinking
> deeply about how the XO works.
> 2) Again, sorry about my loose use of language. I should know better,
> and try to be more precise. However, my understanding of the OF V2 is
> that it incorporates the legacy behavior of the underlying BIOS of a
> MS/DOS-Win machine, which is it's critical (at least for this issue)
> difference from OF V1.
> But my point stands; the MS demo machine is single boot, and ignores the
> flash and its contents. This would be a very bad thing to let out of the
>>> I just saw the Microsoft video of an XO running XP. In it the XO
>>> single boots from an 'insyde' BIOS. The MS guy says that XP doesn't
>>> fit on the flash, and is installed on an SD card. In this case, I'd
>>> guess the flash is just being used as a home for the BIOS.
>> The system firmware + Embedded Controller firmware lives in a 1Meg SPI
>> NOR flash part connected to the EC. The 1Gig NAND flash part does not
>> store any system firmware.
>>> I can see why techs at MS did this to get a working prototype rather
>>> than having to wait for (or worse yet, contribute to) the OF V2
>> I prefer to use the term system firmware because BIOS refers to a legacy
>> product class. OpenFirmware's capabilities are so far above a legacy
>> BIOS product you can't even put them on the same scale.
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