Subject: Re: Are PC164 based alphas supported?
To: Chris G. Demetriou <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Curt Sampson <email@example.com>
Date: 08/11/1997 09:11:51
On Mon, 11 Aug 1997, Chris G. Demetriou wrote:
> > Yes. Not only is there no generic kernel, there's no generic
> > bootloader. MILO has to be recompiled for every different Alpha
> > architecture it runs on, becuase it has embedded in it the custom
> > PALcode for that architecture.
> At least in my opinion, there's nothing wrong with having
> machine-dependent firmware.
Well, MILO is only firmware if you flash it into the flash RAM. :-)
(Which of course leaves you unable to load anything else.) These
days MILO seems more often loaded from/by the ARC console. I was
loading it from the SRM console when I was trying Linux.
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