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Intel Redies GNU/Linux Friendly ACPI Replacement

twitter (104583) writes | about 5 years ago

Power 3

twitter writes "ACPI was designed to harm free software. Ten years later, ACPI still has problems but has Intel turned over a new leaf? H-Online has an interesting introduction to Simple Firmware Interface.

A few days ago, version 4.0 of the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) specification was released, weighing in at a hefty 727 pages ... there are still flaws in many implementations.

Intel is now developing the Simple Firmware Interface (SFI) especially for small and low spec devices like Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) with Atom processors, and is particularly targeting the Linux operating system... SFI can be implemented in addition to, or as an alternative to ACPI, in the firmware either within a classic BIOS, (U)EFI, or with alternative firmware like OpenFirmware.

Version 0.6 has been released as a draft and there is a reference implementation for the 2.6.32 kernel."
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Open specs == Linux friendly? (1)

BitZtream (692029) | about 5 years ago | (#28469725)


So does that mean the Internet is Linux friendly? I always thought it was that Linux was Internet friendly. I wasn't aware that Linux was the center of the universe already, I must have missed the improbability drive wizzing by.

Re:Open specs == Linux friendly? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28478051)

beware of teh trolls []

I think it is more like that ACPI is complex (1)

yuhong (1378501) | about 5 years ago | (#28487127)

Yes, MS did try to extend ACPI with extensions like ACPI WMI, but I think it is more that ACPI is complex.
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