new OF: how can we use it?

Tom Rini tmrini at
Fri May 28 09:33:58 EST 1999

On Thu, 27 May 1999, Joel Klecker wrote:

> 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.
> <
> /powerpc/powerpc/ofwmagic.S>
> See also vger: linux/arch/ppc/chrpboot/{mknote.c,Makefile}.

Hmm.  So has anybody tried booting a CHRP-specific 2.3.x kernel on a B&W
or iMac? :)

Tom Rini (TR1265)

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