Subject: Re: ACPI
To: Jason R Thorpe <email@example.com>
From: Eduardo Horvath <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 06/13/2000 09:02:57
On Tue, 13 Jun 2000, Jason R Thorpe wrote:
> One of the things that's missing in this discussion is where ACPI fits
> into the grand scheme of things.
> ACPI is *NOT* the correct way to implement MI power management. Instead,
> we need a higher-level power management API. ACPI would be just one
> back-end to that high-level API.
> It just seems silly to say "ACPI ACPI ACPI!" when so few of the supported
> NetBSD platforms will actually *have* it (and would thus have to emulate
> it, a pretty gnarly task).
I understand one of Intel's goals it to use ACPI as a general device
identification system, somewhat like OpenFirmware is used by Sun and
Apple. It's supposed to be the only method of identifying what's on an