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Re: Article mentions EFI ideas...

  • Subject: Re: Article mentions EFI ideas...
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2006 08:29:59 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / MCC / Manchester University
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__/ [ Malware Magnet ] on Monday 24 April 2006 08:04 \__

> On 2006-04-24, Au79 <au79@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> There are lots of new ideas here, but the most interesting one is that the
>> software drivers that control hardware such as printers or disk drives
>> will reside in EFI, not within the operating system. New generation Macs
>> already support EFI, and when the rest of the industry tags along, in
>> theory every operating system, Mac, Linux and PC, could use the same
>> drivers.
> Apparently Mr. Dolinar hasn't been keeping up with Linux and EFI.
> http://elilo.sourceforge.net/cgi-bin/blosxom
> http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060125-6045.html
> http://linux.dell.com/projects.shtml

Hardware incompatibilities are only a problem when one migrates from one
platform to another. This becomes a less significant factor when vendors
realise they are missing a niche. All in all, it would be excellent to make
the operating system (software) and hardware less transparent so that they
become 'black boxes' (with source code) or "components". That's what
projects like COBOL are for, at least at software level. Electrical
engineering likewise. There is a lack of standards for software-hardware
connectivity, which is a difficult gap to bridge. It requires collaboration
from two different industrial sectors.

Best wishes,


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