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SubjectRe: fbdev and S3 chips
SK> could this not be done like some of the soundcards
SK> just download the bios using a special ioctl
SK> then no dos required to boot linux (which kind of sticks in my thoat)

No. In the case of VESA, the VESA BIOS is used to initialize the video
card to use linear frambuffer. Then the loaded BIOS is discarded and
linux uses the linear framebuffer.

You can't use real mode BIOS inside protected mode kernel. At least with
todays design, and I see no point of putting some real mode emulation in
protected mode kernel, better write some new good drivers.

Meelis Roos (

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