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Open Firmware Companies/Vendor support

  • CodeGen
  • SUN
  • Apple
  • FirmWorks
  • Hardware Support - Chipmakers angle for Linux support, an article about te importance of Open Source software for harware vendors by Stephen Shankland

Open Firmware Documentation (non local)

What is Open Firmware?

Hardware Independant Boot Code - - An Open Firmware description at an introductory level by Matthew Johnson Open Firmware homepage The OpenFirmware IEEE 1275-1994 Apple's Open Firmware Home Page - Besides Apple's Open Firmware Technotes, this page has a link to a list of PCI cards supporting Open Firmware Writing FCode 3.x Programs OpenBoot 3.x Command Reference Manual OpenBoot 3.x Quick Reference


Forth FAQ kForth - programming examples DPANS'94 - very interesting: annex D and E. Gforth - Forth implementation of the GNU project PFE - The Portable Forth Environment is based on the ANSI Standard for Forth. It is targeted for embedded environments. vnpforth - contains a traditional compiler, which turns Forth into standard object (.o) files Moving Forth - Article on writing Forth Kernels by Brad Rodriguez Writing FCode 3.0 Programs Hayes ANS compliance test - a test for ANS Forth compliance by John Hayes. The OpenBIOS forth kernel passes this test. gfob - a forth source obfuscator Primer - A Beginner's Guide to Forth by J.V. Noble Forth engines - written in several languages. Thoughtful Programming and Forth - an essay by Jeff Fox. Selected Forth Papers - at theforthsource.com Stack Machines Stack Computers: the new wave - Philip J. Koopman Jr's book on stack computers offered as pdf and html.


Multiboot standard GRUB - GRand Unified Bootloader Nilo - Network Interface Loader. NILO will boot Linux, FreeBSD, Windows 95/98/NT4 and support the Intel PXE standard. Flashing on Linux Systems MTD - Memory Technology Device Subsystem for Linux /dev/bios - Flash ROM driver for Linux (for flashing System and PCI adapter firmware

Other Open Source Firmware Implementations

LinuxBIOS - The LinuxBIOS project bootstraps systems to the point where they can run an OS kernel from flash or over Ethernet using Etherboot. FreeBIOS - The FreeBIOS sourceforge project hosts all of the LinuxBIOS source code in CVS. TIARA - TIARA, an Openbios/GRUB/PFORTH composite, BIOS replacement (dead?) GBIOS - GBIOS is a GPLed firmware for PowerPC G3/G4 and some Motorola cpus. Proll - Proll is a firmware replacement for SUN JavaStations to boot Linux Virtual Machines and Emulation Bochs - portable open source IA-32 (x86) PC emulator DOSemu - DOS Emulation for Linux Plex86 - extensible open source PC virtualization software