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SubjectRe: Qlogic/FC firmware
> 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.

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