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Re: [Qemu-devel] KVM call agenda for 2013-05-28

From: David Woodhouse
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] KVM call agenda for 2013-05-28
Date: Fri, 31 May 2013 17:33:39 +0100

On Fri, 2013-05-31 at 10:43 -0500, Anthony Liguori wrote:
> It's even more fundamental.  OVMF as a whole (at least in it's usable
> form) is not Open Source. 

The FAT module is required to make EDK2 usable, and yes, that's not Open
Source. So in a sense you're right.

But we're talking here about *replacing* the FAT module with something
that *is* open source. And the FAT module isn't a fundamental part of
EDK2; it's just an optional module that happens to be bundled with the

So I think you're massively overstating the issue. OVMF/EDK2 *is* Open
Source, and replacing the FAT module really isn't that hard.

We can only bury our heads in the sand and ship qemu with
non-EFI-capable firmware for so long...

I *know* there's more work to be done. We have SeaBIOS-as-CSM, Jordan
has mostly sorted out the NV variable storage, and now the FAT issue is
coming up to the top of the pile. But we aren't far from the point where
we can realistically say that we want the Open Source OVMF to be the
default firmware shipped with qemu.


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