In 2006 the company of Open Firmware inventor Mitch Bradley, Firmworks, Inc, released their Open Firmware implementation under a BSD license. This code shares some code with SUN's OpenBOOT implementation. It supports the x86 architecture and runs, amongst others, as a LinuxBIOS payload. It is the firmware implementation on the OLPC.
The code can be browsed online with the ViewVC facility.
The repository is available through Subversion:
You can check it out as follows:
$ svn co svn://openbios.org/openfirmware/
if you want a specific revision:
$ svn co svn://openbios.org/openfirmware -r 35
If your company installed a firewall that blocks the svn port (3690) you can also check out using the webdav frontend:
$ svn co https://www.openbios.org/openfirmware-svn/ openfirmware
You should change openfirmware/cpu/x86/pc/biosload/config.fth:
Index: config.fth =================================================================== --- config.fth (revision 599) +++ config.fth (working copy) @@ -2,14 +2,14 @@ purpose: Establish configuration definitions create pc \ Demo version for generic PC -\ create pc-linux \ Demo version for generic PC and Linux +create pc-linux \ Demo version for generic PC and Linux \ create pc-serial \ Demo version for generic PC \ --- The environment that "boots" OFW --- \ - Image Format - Example Media - previous stage bootloader \ - (Syslinux) COM32 format - USB Key w/ FAT FS - Syslinux -create syslinux-loaded +\ create syslinux-loaded \ - Linux kernel format - USB Key w/ FAT FS - LinuxBIOS w/ stripped Linux payload \ create bzimage-loaded @@ -19,10 +19,10 @@ \ create etherboot-variant \ Enable additional tweaks for Etherboot \ - ELF format (no pheader) - ROM - LinuxBIOS direct -\ create linuxbios-loaded +create linuxbios-loaded \ Load and run in qemu -\ create qemu-loaded +create qemu-loaded [ifdef] pc-serial create serial-console @@ -47,7 +47,7 @@ \ the point where Linux starts using the MMU. It isn't strictly \ necessary to use virtual mode if you just want to boot Linux \ and then have OFW disappear. -create virtual-mode +\ create virtual-mode create pc create linux-support [then]
qemu-0.9.0 + ROMSIZE-patch Open Firmware rev. >= 500 LinuxBIOS >= v2
Patch and build qemu
Get the patch from http://www.freimann.org/qemu_biossize.patch and apply it against qemu-0.9.0.
tar xvfz qemu-0.9.0.tar.gz cd qemu-0.9.0 wget http://www.freimann.org/qemu_biossize.patch patch -p1 < qemu_biossize.patch
Make sure that you have gcc-3.x installed, then
./config && make && make install
Build Open Firmware
Get Open Firmware from Subversion
Change to the build directory of the biosload build.
To change the config file of Open Firmware you can either use the above patch, or you can edit config.fth with your favorite editor (vi!!1!). Uncomment the lines
create linuxbios-loaded create qemu-loaded
Comment out the line with
Now change to the build directory and type "make"
cd build make
After make is finished there should be a file "ofwlb.elf" in the same directory. Copy this to your LinuxBIOSv[x] directory.
Follow the instructions in the LinuxBIOS documentation. Make sure that you use the ofwlb.elf file as your payload. It is also very imortant that the ROMSIZE for LinuxBIOS and qemu correspond with each other.
qemu -L LinuxBIOSv3/build -hda path/to/disk.img -serial `tty` -nographic