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MacBytes
Jan 1, 2004, 09:30 PM
Category: News and Press Releases
Link: Microsoft and Intel team up to replace BIOS (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20040101223033)

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Nermal
Jan 1, 2004, 09:55 PM
Why don't they just adopt Open Firmware (http://playground.sun.com/1275/home.html)? It's an open standard, it already exists, and it would probably be a lot less work than trying to create an all-new BIOS replacement.

iJon
Jan 2, 2004, 12:37 AM
Originally posted by Nermal
Why don't they just adopt Open Firmware (http://playground.sun.com/1275/home.html)? It's an open standard, it already exists, and it would probably be a lot less work than trying to create an all-new BIOS replacement.
cause then it cant be patented and money cant be made off ot it.

iJon

Nermal
Jan 2, 2004, 01:14 AM
Makes sense, unfortunately :(

aarond12
Jan 2, 2004, 09:28 AM
Open Firmware, indeed! That would make the PC very Mac-like, wouldn't it?

Even Microsoft's own "Macintosh" -- the XBox -- is getting a PowerPC CPU in its next revision.

Does Microsoft have a bad case of Mac-envy or something?

-Aaron-

MrMacMan
Jan 2, 2004, 12:09 PM
A new Bios... I mean its really nothing the average user is going to have to know... heck there are few points where you DO have to go into the BIOS... so...

White Fire
Jan 2, 2004, 05:24 PM
Originally posted by Nermal
Why don't they just adopt Open Firmware (http://playground.sun.com/1275/home.html)? It's an open standard, it already exists, and it would probably be a lot less work than trying to create an all-new BIOS replacement.

Microsoft is very well known, or infamous, for not adopting open standards.

Besides, if they adopt open firmware then they can't make computers that only 'support' Microsoft Windows. Microsoft is flexing their monopoly muscles again.

revenuee
Jan 2, 2004, 05:36 PM
As the say

Meh, i use Apple exclusively

MrMacMan
Jan 4, 2004, 12:59 AM
Originally posted by revenuee
As the say

Meh, i use Apple exclusively

Was that a sentence?

As 'they' say?

Also... this could mean something for computer classes and just useful knowledge of technology as a whole.

revenuee
Jan 4, 2004, 02:23 AM
Originally posted by MrMacman
Was that a sentence?

As 'they' say?

Also... this could mean something for computer classes and just useful knowledge of technology as a whole.

I should really proof read some of my posts.

Anyhow ...

This is useful knowledge of technology as a whole;

http://www.newsfactor.com/story.xhtml?story_id=22353

This is what is going to be revolutionary,

A BIOS replacement will seem trivial if this roles out.

yamabushi
Jan 4, 2004, 04:42 AM
Capacitative coupling looks very promising. Might be enough to save Sun if they can get it working well in some real products. Maybe IBM will decide to buy Sun in order to get first dibs on this as well as gain most of Sun's current customer base.

revenuee
Jan 4, 2004, 11:54 AM
Originally posted by yamabushi
Capacitative coupling looks very promising. Might be enough to save Sun if they can get it working well in some real products. Maybe IBM will decide to buy Sun in order to get first dibs on this as well as gain most of Sun's current customer base.

well this seems like the way to go ... i was reading about the eventual limitations long before this article ... and then it dropped into my lap, This seems like
the solution. Imagine the portability, the future of desktop replacements.

Macpoops
Jan 4, 2004, 12:38 PM
Anyone else think it's funny how "they refuse to adopt EFI until it is an industry standard" Yet they'll take anything microsoft puts out and deam it as "industry standard" .WMV/.WMA, .doc etc...