[Beowulf] Re: Any industry-standards that allow automated BIOS modifications and dumping? IPMI cannot do it, can it?

Greg Lindahl lindahl at pbm.com
Thu Oct 22 18:00:35 EDT 2009

> > mobo vendors, but it includes licensed stuff, and also secret
> > workarounds to hardware bugs in lots of devices.
> Why does a workaround to a hardware bug have to be secret? Just
> curious.....Aren't hardware bugs published in errata regularly?

It's not that it has to be a secret, it's that vendors don't want the
public to know. Ideally they'd all appear in errata. In practice,
vendors tell some of the bugs only to M$ and BIOS vendors under
NDA. And then Linux people wonder why the device doesn't work very
well under Linux. Some devices don't have any public errata, some have
partial lists, for some you think the public list is complete, but...

-- greg

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