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Tag: u-boot

  • Rafal Jaworowski - Interfacing embedded FreeBSD with U-Boot
    Source: BSDCan - The Technical BSD Conference
    Added: 21 May 2008
    Tags: bsdcan, bsdcan2008, slides, embedded, freebsd, u-boot, rafal jaworowski
    PDF file (300 Kb, 26 pages)

    Interfacing embedded FreeBSD with U-Boot

    Working with the de facto standard for an initial level boot loader

    In the embedded world U-Boot is a de facto standard for an initial level boot loader (firmware). It runs on a great number of platforms and architectures, and is open source.

    This talk covers the development work on integrating FreeBSD with U-Boot-based systems. Starting with an overview of differences between booting an all-purpose desktop computer vs. embedded system, FreeBSD booting concepts are explained along with requirements for the underlying firmware.

    Historical attempts to interface FreeBSD with this firmware are mentioned and explanation given on why they failed or proved incomplete. Finally, the recently developed approach to integrate FreeBSD and U-Boot is presented, with implementation details and particular attention on how it's been made architecture and platform independent, and how loader(8) has been bound to it.