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Re: creating a new driver

From: Jeroen Dekkers
Subject: Re: creating a new driver
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2004 16:17:23 +0200
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On Fri, Apr 23, 2004 at 03:01:30PM +0200, Stefan Reinauer wrote:
> * Yoshinori K. Okuji <address@hidden> [040423 13:42]:
> > On Friday 23 April 2004 05:42, address@hidden wrote:
> > > If I adapt a Linux driver for an ethernet card to Etherboot?s
> > > specifications, how easy is it to make it work with GRUB?  I have 8
> > > machines with ASUS a7n8x-e mainboards, and I?m willing to try the
> > > challange...
> > 
> > GRUB 2 does not have network support yet, so I'm sure that it would be 
> > hard work.
> Has there been any discussion with the development folks of other bootloaders?
> It'd sure enough make sense to coordinate such things with etherboot
> and/or filo to prevent duplicate work being done.

I would sure like to cooperate.
> I've been reusing the grub filesystem drivers in OpenBIOS and I was
> really happy that it was so easy to get a vfs together to include those
> without changes.
> I've started cleaning them up to be both 64bit and big-endian clean, but
> there's some places left that need further fixing. If grub2 aims at
> being more than an x86-only project, it would make sense to include
> these fixes in grub2 as well. Also the grub filesystem driver interface 
> could use some cleanup to make it even simpler. Really rewriting things
> from scratch would be overkill though..

I just want to point out that grub2 is a total rewrite and should be
64-bit and big-endian clean.

Jeroen Dekkers

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