[rescue] This might make you smile (was THIS. MAKES. ME. SICK.)
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Thu Jun 14 13:21:33 CDT 2001
On Thu, 14 Jun 2001, G W Adkins wrote:
> mmm, methinks that this will work with *any* motherboard that has serial
> ports supported under the serial drivers in the OS. Unless you are
> referring to the POST output going to the serial port... In which case I
> know that the 440GX Intel OEM board supports it, and I think that most of
> the high end (if anyone can call an x86 machine 'high end'...) server class
> (if anyone can call x86 hardware 'server class'...) motherboards support it
> if set up in the BIOS. Although you'll still have to run it with a video
> device (framebuffer) in it to get it to post...
Yeah; what they're talking about is the BIOS/PROM output, not the OS
output. It works quite well on the 440GX boards, where it's referred to as
Still, there is no FORTH interpreter, and no equivalent of Stop-A/BREAK.
The thing I always liked about OpenBoot was that the OS kernel was just
another program it runs, which just happens to be called "unix" ;). It's
interruptible, killable, debuggable, etc.
There are some high-end Intel-based NetApp machines (F800, maybe?) that
incorporate some sort of OpenBoot, aren't there? It'd be nice to see some
mainstream x86 motherboards incorporate something like that....
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