The goal of this project is to enable Linux to take advantage of platforms that support ACPI (Advanced Configuration & Power Interface). ACPI has been supported on virtually all high-volume i386, x86_64, and ia64 systems, since 1999.
ACPI is an abstraction layer between the OS and platform firmware and hardware. This abstraction allows the OS and the platform to evolve independently. Not only should a new OS be able to handle old hardware, but an old OS should be able to handle new hardware.
The latest ACPI specification is published on the ACPI home page: http://www.acpi.info.
The core of the Linux ACPI implementation comes from ACPICA (ACPI Component Architecture). ACPICA includes an ACPI Machine Language (AML) interpreter that is resident in the Linux kernel. Several other operating systems use the same ACPICA core interpreter, including BSD and OpenSolaris. ACPICA also comes with a simulator, test suites, and a compiler, to translate ACPI Source Language (ASL) into AML.
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