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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH 0/4] Reintroduce OVMF support

On Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 12:03:19PM +0200, Fabio Fantoni wrote:
> Il 15/10/2013 18:40, Wei Liu ha scritto:
> >This small series reintroduces OVMF support in Xen
> >
> >You can fetch working OVMF tree on:
> >git://xenbits.xen.org/people/liuw/ovmf.git master
> >
> >Working changeset that can be sticked in Config.mk is:
> >8833370303d3bf3153760ee42760ef1b9b5c562
> >
> >Note that VNC doesn't work properly when using OVMF, but that's not OVMF's
> >problem. This issue should be addressed in Xen and I'm working on that.
> >
> >Wei.
> Thanks for work on it, when I tested it months ago there was lot of
> problems.

Could you elaborate on the problems you're seeing? I'm aware of the VNC
not refreshing problem but that's not to be fixed in OVMF.

> I think it would be good thing to give an eye to the links below to
> improve the hvm part:
> - Integrate legacy bios support inside ovmf (I saw a draft on link
> above and I not know actual progress, there was also discussion
> about it on seabios mailing list)
> http://git.infradead.org/users/dwmw2/edk2.git
> http://git.infradead.org/users/dwmw2/seabios.git

Hmm... I think this is orthogonal. We can get all those gravy new
features when we refresh our own tree.

Keep in mind that we're not forking EDK2. Actually we're trying to work
closely with upstream - I fixed a upstream bug to make OVMF work with
Xen before sending the series so in fact the tree I'm presenting is just
vanilla upstream tree.

The reason we have our own tree is that we need to have a central
location where users can pull from. Also we would test our branch to
avoid frustration.

> - Since this is a new/experimental section, it would be a better
> path to move the actual 'static' data taken from hvmloader more
> 'dynamics' or at least have theme generated from qemu.
> This would lead in turn to a better support for all the new qemu
> device/features and also to avoid eventual regressions with
> ovmf/qemu newer versions.

I don't see why OVMF would prevent you from using QEMU new device
features, but I sort of get the idea of separating hvmloader and other
firmwares. You could make an argument / request on xen-devel and ask
George to keep track of it, then we will see what we can do.


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