[lpi-discuss] BIOS

Ian Shields ishields at us.ibm.com
Mon Oct 10 23:03:23 EDT 2005

Almost all of objective 101 is tied to PC architecture. It isn't just 
BIOS. It's implicit in winmodems and a bunch of other stuff. Whiule Linux, 
once booted, could run on an x86 system without using a BIOS, I doubt LILO 
or GRUB would do so. I think we shouldn't tinker at this level without 
taking a harder look at the whole hardware and architecture topic. There 
are things that need to be in the topic before this, some of which I've 
raised before.

Ian Shields Ph.D.
Linux  Technologist, ISV & Developer Relations
IBM Corp
Research Triangle Park, NC
ishields at us.ibm.com

lpi-discuss-bounces at lpi.org wrote on 10/10/2005 09:20:13 PM:

> Y'all been pretty quiet lately, so here you go.  How about comments on
> this objective idea?
> Comment on Objective 1.101.1:
> "Not all systems on which Linux runs even have a BIOS. I would restate
> the objective to include the phrase "on systems which have a BIOS". As
> stated, "the system BIOS", can be read to be naive."
> Before you begin, know that while we may not explicitly state it, we
> tend to cover only x86 architectures in servers and workstations which
> means the vast majority of boxes will have a BIOS.  Of course other
> architectures and oddball embedded systems may not.  Never mind things
> like the Linux BIOS project.
> Fire away, what do you think?  Should we incorporate this idea as is or
> modified in some way or drop this fast?  Is it a given that the BIOS
> questions refer to systems that have a BIOS?
> -- 
> Mark Miller
> Program Manager
> Exam Development Level 1
> Linux Professional Institute
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