new OF: how can we use it?

Joel Klecker jk at
Fri May 28 09:28:37 EST 1999

At 15:39 -0400 1999-05-27, Tom Rini wrote:
>On Thu, 27 May 1999, Brad Midgley wrote:
>> don't you think it would be a great help to the success of linux on
>> powermac if we could make the kind of elf binary that the new open
>> firmware loads?
>[neat ideas nusked]
>> what remains to be done? is the problem well understood/documented?
>It might be the text segments at the start.  Basically we need to see how
>darwin and netbsd/macppc are linked and what they do that we don't (or
>that we do and don't need to).  This is of coruse only my understanding,
>from a dozen emails w/ adrian sun (I have access to an iMac, he
>wants/wanted to fix it).

NetBSD/macppc kernels have the .note section that OF wants, 
Linux/powerpc kernels do not.


See also vger: linux/arch/ppc/chrpboot/{mknote.c,Makefile}.
Joel Klecker (aka Espy)                    Debian GNU/Linux Developer
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