[ECOS] RedBoot banner comedy hour

Davies, Greg Greg.Davies@Ultra-UEMS.com
Tue Feb 3 15:21:00 GMT 2009


I think the bike shed should be orange.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: ecos-discuss-owner@ecos.sourceware.org 
> [mailto:ecos-discuss-owner@ecos.sourceware.org] On Behalf Of 
> Chris Zimman
> Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2009 10:54 AM
> To: Jonathan Larmour
> Cc: eCos discuss list
> Subject: RE: [ECOS] RedBoot banner
> 
> > RedBoot already had a startup banner. U-boot has never had one I 
> > believe.
> 
> It depends on what you call a startup banner.  I personally 
> don't mind name of prog and copyright, but anything beyond 
> that non-technical is just unwanted cruft as far as I go.
> 
> > Maybe it might have been different if RedBoot hadn't had 
> such a banner 
> > at
> the point it was GPL'd.
> 
> It has a fairly minimal banner as it stands right now.
> 
> Something like: 
> 
> "
> RedBoot(tm) bootstrap and debug environment [ROMRAM] 
> Copyright (C) 2000-2009 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
> Platform: PLATFORM NAME (ARM9)
> RAM: 0x00000000-0x00800000, [0x0002fcc8-0x007dd000] available
> FLASH: 0x04000000-0x041fffff, 4 x 0x8000 blocks, 126 x 0x20000 blocks
> 
> RedBoot>
> "
> 
> ...would be lovely as far as I'm concerned.  I would vote for 
> doing away with the 'certified'/'non-certified' thing as 
> well, since it's meaningless in practice to most people.
> 
> > I don't think it's a bad thing for users to be aware of RedBoot's 
> > licence anyway. If anyone was worried about read-only data 
> (not RAM) 
> > footprint, there are probably many other areas of memory footprint 
> > that deserve attention, and you probably wouldn't want to use 
> > something as all-encompassing as RedBoot in any case ;).
> 
> OK but just to be clear, as far as I can tell right now, you 
> guys are just adding this because you feel like it versus 
> their being an actual requirement for having done so.
> 
> Certainly for myself, the consideration is not the memory 
> footprint, it's the fact that something redundant is being 
> added to the startup.  Anyone who wants to see the details of 
> the license can very easily go look at the GPL.  I don't 
> necessarily need to be reminded of it every time the platform starts.
> 
> --Chris
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