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Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH 0/3] Add BIOS splash image support

From: Gleb Natapov
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH 0/3] Add BIOS splash image support
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2008 15:55:12 +0200

On Wed, Dec 17, 2008 at 02:45:38PM +0100, Jan Kiszka wrote:
> Paul Brook wrote:
> >>> Modern BIOSes have splash screens.  I don't see why our BIOS shouldn't
> >>> have one too.
> >> Crap PC BIOSes have splash screens because they're horribly slow
> >> and otherwise printing lots of irrelevant scary junk at users. The
> >> best BIOS 'splash' screen is one which never appears unless there
> >> is a boot failure, and gets control to the OS as quickly as possible.
> >> IMHO a better goal is reducing the time until the OS / bootloader is
> >> able to take over all management of the display.
> > 
> > I agree. The qemu bios init process takes almost no time.
> > 
> > The only reason it takes a noticeable amount of time is that we have a 
> > deliberate delay in there to allow the user to access the boot menu.
> > I'm not convinced this menu is actually very useful in practice, It's 
> > something that should probably be delegated to your management utility 
> > and/or 
> > be optional.
> Yes, please. I hate this artificial delay, specifically as I have to do
> a lot of short boot tests where this contributes noticeably to their
> execution time. But, as usual, it didn't hurt enough to make me hack a
> patch yet. I'm willing to do this if we can agree on how it should be done.
Add "-bootmenu" option to qmeu and pass it to BIOS via fw confing interface?


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