2009-05-02 09:21:48 Final application without U-boot?
zigma dsp (GERMANY)
The U-boot, if I am correct is a second stage bootloader (which runs the boot mechanism with several options - above the bootrom). This loads the kernel first. In a stand alone application, is it possible that we can load the kernel + application without the U-boot. Or is the kernel load operation strictly bounded to U-boot operation?
2009-05-03 23:27:00 Re: Final application without U-boot?
Yi Li (CHINA)
Kernel need to be loaded from flash memory, network, or serial port, etc to SDRAM by some program, and I don't think kernel itself can do this. So we need a boot loader.
2009-05-04 10:12:25 Re: Final application without U-boot?
Robin Getz (UNITED STATES)
It is possible to create a ldr image of the kernel directly - but it isn't practical - since the bootrom doesn't support compressed formats.
From a pratical standpoint - you wouldn't save much time, so most people use use it. See:
The time to get the bootloader going is around 20ms.
2009-05-04 13:26:04 Re: Final application without U-boot?
Mike Frysinger (UNITED STATES)
the kernel is not restricted to any bootloader. read the ABI document in the wiki for what the kernel expects.
anything is possible, but that doesnt mean it's supported. only booting the kernel from u-boot is supported and anything else, you're on your own.