Bitfrost and dual-boot

Jordan Crouse jordan.crouse at
Fri May 30 11:38:19 EDT 2008

On 29/05/08 23:45 -0400, Albert Cahalan wrote:
> > Also, I think you completely misunderstand the market. The ability to
> > use Open FirmWare instead of a proprietary BIOS will be of intense
> > interest to all PC vendors. I expect OFW to sweep through most of the
> > market in no more than two or three years.
> I can't imagine why. LinuxBIOS (now coreboot) didn't.
> Even EFI didn't. Your wishes are not their wishes.

Edward is right - the ability to use OFW (either standalone or as a
payload) instead of a proprietary BIOS _is_ of intense interest to
PC vendors.  I'm excited about it, and I know I can speak for the rest
of the coreboot development team when I say they also are excited.  But
don't overestimate our excitement.  We are happy because this gives us a
reasonable alternative to a proprietary BIOS, not because we think that
we're going to strike some sort of righteous blow against proprietary
BIOS companies. 

The Coreboot / OFW projects don't want to take over the world
(though I can't speak for Mitch and his aspirations).  All we want to
do is provide a quality option for people to chose if they wish.  Not
everybody will choose it, and as Stuart Smalley said, thats okay.  

We are closer to that then we ever have been before to providing this,
and on behalf of the Coreboot team and the x86 users of the world,
I would like to thank Mitch and Jim and the OLPC staff for supporting this


Jordan Crouse
Systems Software Development Engineer 
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

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