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SubjectRe: Linux in a binary world... a doomsday scenario
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On Tue, 2005-12-06 at 15:25 -0800, Andrew Grover wrote:
> Where possible ACPI does still use tables. For more complicated
> configuration, ACPI uses easily-decompiled bytecodes. I think if the
> graphics bios provided arch-neutral AML for doing all this
> mode-setting stuff we'd be better off. Better than interpreting x86
> real-mode BIOS code!

This is true. Real drivers with only _tables_ to describe the hardware
would be best, but AML would be at least be better than i386 code, if we
have to settle for something less.

> You have to get a priori information about the system somewhere. With
> ACPI at least it's not a complete mystery what the BIOS is doing,
> unlike these video BIOSes.

Actually, the one time I tried to decompile a DSDT it was a Dell
Inspiron which did _everything_ through SMM traps. It was more opaque
even than a binary-only driver (or BIOS). At least with i386-code I have
_some_ hope of tracing it, if I have enough time and patience.

--
dwmw2


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