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Re: [Qemu-devel] OVMF BoF @ KVM Forum 2015

From: Laszlo Ersek
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] OVMF BoF @ KVM Forum 2015
Date: Wed, 9 Sep 2015 10:57:51 +0200
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On 08/10/15 18:24, Laszlo Ersek wrote:
> Hi.
> Let's do an OVMF BoF at this year's KVM Forum too.

Here's a preliminary task list, after some off-list discussion (I tried
to incorporate comments):

- create GPL'd fork called "ovmf" for expediting virt development
  (OvmfPkg, ArmVirtPkg)
  - maybe leverage the feature under
    <http://permalink.gmane.org/gmane.comp.bios.edk2.devel/941> for
    setting up a separate "tianocore/edk2-gpl" repo, for GPL'd
    contributions [Jordan]
    - repo separation by license could make things harder for packagers
      and QEMU bundling [Laszlo]
- document the rules / justification for "ovmf" (licensing
  conflicts, non-technical blockage on edk2 etc).
- No new mailing list needed
- push RH's downstream-only patches to "ovmf", wherever that makes
- remove encumbered FAT driver
- import Peter Batard's GPL r/o FAT driver port of GRUB's
- secure OpenSSL linking exception for the former from the copyright
  holders (Peter Batard, GRUB project)
- "ovmf" should be periodically rebased / should fetch+merge edk2 as
  master (arguments both for and against merging); distros should
  then track "ovmf" as their upstream, not edk2
- get OVMF into Fedora (as pkg) and QEMU (as bundled binary)
- do OVMF releases, maybe in sync with QEMU's releases
  - we can probably build from known good revisions from git [Alex]
- revive Q35 SATA driver work / poke Reza
  - Hannes and Gabriel have refreshed patches, but their versions differ

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