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    SubjectRe: Qlogic/FC firmware
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    > There is no BIOS flash on my machines (onboard controllers).  The
    > kernel driver must be where the firmware comes from to boot reliably.

    Ok so you have a sparc specific firmware loading problem. So IMHO the
    right thing to do is to write a sparc specific firmware loader - either
    as a module living in arch/sparc64 or assuming you never need to reload
    the firmware past boot - use an initrd

    For the other 99.9% of the userbase we saved 128Kbytes of ram and improved
    reliability by not loading half tested firmeware on them.

    Alan
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