Standards and specs, Open Firmware -- the bridge between power-up and OS

Why open bootware may be more practical than the proprietary

From the developerWorks archives

Peter Seebach

Date archived: December 19, 2016 | First published: October 26, 2004

Open Firmware provides a reasonably standardized way for computers to find hardware, configure it, and boot an operating system. In this month's Standards and specs, author Peter Seebach looks at the Open Firmware spec, traces its history as a standard, examines how it works and some of its components, and discusses the benefits it offers.

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