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Re: [Xen-devel] QEMU upstreaming: status and todo

To: Stefano Stabellini <stefano.stabellini@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [Xen-devel] QEMU upstreaming: status and todo
From: Keir Fraser <keir@xxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 05 Jan 2011 21:03:52 +0000
Cc: Anthony Perard <anthony.perard@xxxxxxxxxx>, "xen-devel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <xen-devel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "Kamala Narasimhan \(3P\)" <kamala.narasimhan@xxxxxxxxxx>
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On 05/01/2011 18:57, "Stefano Stabellini" <stefano.stabellini@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

>> Are the two really dependent on each other? Our virtual firmware seems to
>> work okay now, it took a while to get there, and it now rarely needs to be
>> fixed. I guess I don't care about the legacy rombios/vgabios bits too much,
>> but I'd be unhappy about throwing away all our ACPI stuff. That was a pain
>> to actually get working well. That means you can have
>> tools/firmware/{rom,vga}bios if you want, but trickier to mess with anything
>> under tools/firmware/hvmloader.
> I was proposing only to replace rombios: from a conversation we had with
> the SeaBios maintainer at LPC, I think SeaBios can be made to work from
> hvmloader without too much trouble. However I haven't read the code so
> this needs to be tested.

If we could get rid of vgabios as well, and get rid of our dependency on
vgabios, that would be nice. :-) Else I remain skeptical to be honest. But
open to discussing it further, I may just need some more info on the
advantages of the move.

 -- Keir

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