[rescue] Small servers (was Re: WTT: 1.5G of PC2700 for 1G of PC100)

Lionel Peterson lionel4287 at verizon.net
Sun May 4 11:14:35 CDT 2008

>From: Joshua Boyd <jdboyd at jdboyd.net>
>Date: 2008/05/03 Sat PM 11:23:46 CDT
>To: The Rescue List <rescue at sunhelp.org>
>Subject: Re: [rescue] Small servers (was Re: WTT: 1.5G of PC2700 for 1G of PC100)

>On May 3, 2008, at 9:04 PM, Shannon Hendrix wrote:
>> What I really, really want is not serial BIOS where video is  
>> converted... I want a real serial BIOS, designed to be serial from  
>> the start.
>> That one change would be a profound improvement on PC systems.
>> I really find it hard to believe no one has done it.  They can even  
>> keep the standard video BIOS and just create a CLI to control it as  
>> a front-end to talk to it and CMOS.
>Certainly people have done it, or come really close.
>I'm pretty certain that EFI can do it, except the Macs lack a real  
>serial port (except for the Xserves?).  Openfirmware can do it.  The  
>OLPCs are a PC with OF, but they also lack a serial port.

At $work we have an older (2 years old) Xeon server with EFI (Intel MB), the first time I saw it come up, it really confused me - it came up when I "cleverly" disconnected all possible boot options and powered the machine up ;^)


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