BIOS days counted...

By Julio Franco
Feb 22, 2003
  1. ZDNet reports from the IDF that the days of the BIOS are counted since a new replacement system is currently in the works inside Chipzilla, if you ask me I must have to say it was about time.

    The Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) promises to be some kind of small OS by itself, in fact the enhanced GUI might be the smallest of the changes from the original BIOS; finally partition and multiple OS managers will be built-in the system.

    As part of the demonstration, he showed a network driver being replaced on a live machine, as well as multiple reconfigurations of various USB devices. Because EFI has its own filing system that lives on a reserved part of the hard disk, it can become the standard home for a whole set of utilities that have always had an awkward fit with the BIOS: things like disk partitioners, multiple OS boot controllers, system backup and restore, will be natural EFI applications.
  2. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    I must admit I'd rather see if stored on onboard ROM than on the harddrive... With a "nice" litte virus, things could easily get very hairy...

    Or a smaller sibling formatting/fdisk'ing the drive...

    But except for that, it sounds like a jolly good idea :)
  3. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +7


    I knew this was comming.... Multiple Operating systems on a PC not running in parallel, one booted at a time, but in layers, with a high level of user friendliness at the top and a low level at the bottom, where that OS will talk directly to hardware.

    It could be a little like the OSI model for networking, except that it will be for operating system layers. You might even start to get open source BIOS OS's as one gets for user OS's like Linux.
  4. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +7

    Kick ***!!!

    This sounds like one the best things to happen to PCs in ages!!
  5. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Apple has had Open Firmware for ages in their computers - I think they had that in their first Macintoshes.
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